Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women (Paperback)Christina Lamb (author)
Unflinching and courageous, Lamb’s definitive study of sexual violence against women during wartime puts a seldom examined topic under a compelling spotlight with a superb mix of reportage and personal testimony.
Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020
'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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
'This is a powerful book that not only underlines how women have been written out of history, but how victims of rape have had their suffering enabled, ignored and perpetuated.' - The Observer
'Meticulously researched and carefully written, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield is almost unbearable to read, which is exactly as it should be.' - The Sunday Times
'Quite literally the most powerful and disturbing book that I have ever read' - Antony Beevor
'A wake-up call to the magnitude and horrors of rape in war - the world's most neglected war crime. These women's stories will make you weep, and then rage at the world's indifference.' - Amal Clooney
'Christina Lamb has done the impossible - and written women into history. This book, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield is an extraordinary achievement of in depth journalism, powerful storytelling, grit and heart. A wake up call to the magnitude and horror of rape of women throughout history and the world. If you read one book this year, read this. Astounding.' - Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
'For millennia mass rape has been a weapon of war. But the testimony of abuse is almost entirely absent from all recorded history. At last this brave, beautiful and brutal book allows victims to speak - devastatingly, inspirationally' - Bettany Hughes
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“Harrowing in the extreme”
This book made me so angry I could only manage a chapter at a time. Having said that I am Very grateful to Christina Lamb for writing such a very important ,unforgettable, disturbing and 100% necessary book .
“An amazing book”
The book was such an emotional book to read and at times literally took my breath away. In places it was very hard to read some of the stories of abuse that was suffered by women and children. Christina Lamb wrote a... More
“Harrowing, important book”
This was an extremely difficult book to read. It contains the stories of women who inhabit war zones, areas of conflict and the places they called home yet were unsafe. The suffering of these women is hard to hear,... More
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