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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women

Christina Lamb

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Harper Collins
05 March 2020
True war & combat stories; History; Sexual abuse & harassment; Warfare & defence
'A wake-up call ... These women's stories will make you weep, and then rage at the world's indifference.' Amal Clooney From award-winning war reporter and co-author of I Am Malala, this is the first major account to address the scale of rape and sexual violence in modern conflict.

Christina Lamb has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years. In Our Bodies, Their Battlefield she gives voice to the women of conflicts, exposing how in today's warfare, rape is used by armies, terrorists and militias as a weapon to humiliate, oppress and carry out ethnic cleansing.

Speaking to survivors first-hand, Lamb encounters the suffering and bravery of women in war and meets those fighting for justice. From Southeast Asia where 'comfort women' were enslaved by the Japanese during World War Two to the Rwandan genocide, when an estimated quarter of a million women were raped, to the Yazidi women and children of today who witnessed the mass murder of their families before being enslaved by ISIS. Along the way Lamb uncovers incredible stories of heroism and resistance, including the Bosnian women who have hunted down more than a hundred war criminals, the Aleppo beekeeper rescuing Yazidis and the Congolese doctor who has risked his life to treat more rape victims than anyone else on earth.

Rape may be as old as war but it is a preventable crime. Bearing witness does not guarantee it won't happen again, but it can take away any excuse that the world simply didn't know.
By:   Christina Lamb
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9780008300012
ISBN 10:   0008300011
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christina Lamb is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe's top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including 'Farewell Kabul', 'The Africa House', 'Waiting For Allah', 'The Sewing Circles of Herat' and 'House of Stone'. She co-wrote the international bestselling 'I am Malala' with Malala Yousafzai and 'Girl from Aleppo' with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

Reviews for Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women

Praise for Christina Lamb: `A brave and exceptional book' Daily Telegraph `A spellbinding synthesis of analysis and highly personal reportage' Independent `As a personal account of this sad, twisted story, Lamb's book is unlikely to be surpassed ... her observation is always needle sharp ... thought-provoking' Evening Standard


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