Monthly Archives: April 2011

Men and Women’s Roles in Sudan

Ch 1: 7-Women rest for 40 days after childbirth 7-For celebrations, women dress in red, with unmarried women wearing the brightest shades, while men wear white 10-Zaghawa men are traders and tribal leaders 11-Men present gifts to the families of … Continue reading

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Dork Shorts- Female Genital Mutilation

In class the other day, we took the time to talk about a topic that was a major focus in Halima Bashir’s memoir, “Tears of the Desert.”  It really intrigued me to look into this topic a little more; to … Continue reading

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Code Switching

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Elders

Chapter one: Pg 3–  Halima sings the same lullaby to her son as her parents/grandmother did to her as a child. Pg 7- Grandma rounds up village women to help prepare a feast for the celebration of the newborn child. … Continue reading

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Marriage and Spousal Relationships in Tears

ch 1: when they got married, father was in his 30’s and mother was 18 grandmother readily agreed because father’s father only had one wife grandma ran away from her husband with children..they do not have a good relationship father … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert: Witchcraft/Magic

Chapter 1: page 8 Mixing up medicine to heal cuts. Hijabs: potent spell-prayers Chapter 2: page 32 talks about rag dolls they would make to represent people. they would play with them an go through scenarios of war, there would … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert: Political Organizations

Chapter 1: n/a Chapter 2: n/a Chapter 3: p.27–The Zaghawa tribe is spread across the border of Sudan-Chad in present day Darfur. In the past, the region was the African Kingdom of Kanam. p.27–There are three Zaghawa clans: the Towhir, … Continue reading

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