|Plot Summary of Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail|
|"This true story informs of a blunt, horrific narrative account of Malika Oufkir, her mother and 5 siblings who exhausted nearly their whole life in prison. Malika Oufkir was born in 1953 and was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide. At the age of 5 the King had adopted Malika to live in the palace and grow up with his own daughter for camaraderie. She was encircled by lavishness and amazing privileges until August 16, 1972, when her father was executed for an attempt assignation of the King. Malika, her mother and siblings (the youngest being only 3 years old!) were immediately imprisoned for the crime their father was accused of due to mere namesake.
For 15 years in Morocco penal camp the Oufkir's experienced the most inhumane, unimaginable life that they had no choice but to endure. Malika, being the eldest daughter assumed role of nanny, teacher, and advisor to her siblings during their imprisonment and writes about the survival techniques she used to help her family get through this merciless suffering. A decade out of those 15 unjust years the family was put in solitary cells, but their ingenuity helped them survive, even using puddles of water to see the face of a loved one in another cell. After 15 years of imprisonment, the Oufkir children dug a tunnel day and night in their cell with their bare hands and managed an escape to get help and political asylum to another country. During their 5 days of freedom, the cruelty of the world showed its face even more to them. Many loyal friends, family and community had abandoned them as well. The hardship isn't even over, for they were imprisoned 3 more years waiting for the Moroccan government to grant them permission to exile out of the country
Susan D. Minkalis, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail|
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Political/social rights fight
- suffering under dictatorship
Life in an institution
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a teen
- Subsaharan African
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Arabic Africa
- hostile arabs
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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