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One of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and prize winning author (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. Having reported on wars for over 30 years, Lamb increasingly becomes angered by the untold half of the story. Her book gives voice to women in conflict exposing how in modern warfare rape is used by armies, terrorists and militias as a weapon to humiliate, terrify and carry out ethnic cleansing. Though rape was formalised as an international war crime in 1919, the International Criminal Court has convicted no one. This startling book calls on us to listen to and act against this, the world's most neglected war crime. Speaking to survivors across four continents, Lamb encounters the astonishing suffering and bravery of women in war, from Southeast Asia where 'comfort women' were enslaved by the Japanese during World War Two, to the sexual torture carried out by the Argentine junta that seized power in 1976, and the horrific gang-rape of Rohingyas tied to banana trees by Burmese soldiers in 2017, from 1970s Bangladesh where thousands of women were raped by Pakistani troops, to the Yazidi women and children who witnessed mass murder of their families before being enslaved by ISIS, and the Nigerian schoolgirls forced to be Boko Haram bush wives. Along the way Lamb uncovers incredible heroism including the Bosnian women who have hunted down more than 100 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. Bearing witness and reading this book does not guarantee it won't happen again, but it can eliminate any excuse that the world simply didn't know. A powerful and disturbing book, these stories will make you weep then rage at the world's indifference. 416pp, illus and maps including Argentina and Syria and Iraq.

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