Death in the Sahara

Finally forced to eat each other, only a dozen men lived to tell their tale. The story of their one-thousand-mile journey is one of the most astonishing narratives of survival ever recorded.

Author: Michael Asher

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1616085940

Category: History

Page: 304

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Under-armed in hostile territory, and foolishly employing the enemy as guides, the one hundred explorers were ambushed and stranded without camels or supplies in the deserts of southern Algeria. Many were killed outright, and for four months the survivors were menaced by the Tuareg, the “lords of the desert,” robbed, starved, and tricked into eating poisoned fruit. To escape, the men hid in the wastelands of the Sahara with little hope of finding food or water. Finally forced to eat each other, only a dozen men lived to tell their tale. The story of their one-thousand-mile journey is one of the most astonishing narratives of survival ever recorded.

Death in the Sahara

DEATH SAHARA IN THE THE LORDS OF THE DESERT AND THE TIMBUKTU RAILWAY EXPEDITION MASSACRE Michael Asher Foreword by Dean King N Skyhorse Publishing To Mariantonietta Peru, The First Woman to Cross the Sahara.

Author: Michael Asher

Publisher: Skyhorse + ORM

ISBN: 9781510720169

Category: History

Page: 352

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The desert explorer and author of Khartoum recounts the disastrous nineteenth century French expedition to establish a Trans-Saharan Railway. In 1880, the French government ordered a surveying expedition for a railway that would transport the fabulous wealth of Timbuktu to Paris—and spread French culture and morality among the Sahara Desert’s nomadic tribes. Expecting to find riches for his country and immortal glory for himself, French Army veteran Paul Flatters led a crew of a hundred men into a horrifyingly deadly fiasco. Under-armed in hostile territory, and foolishly employing the enemy as guides, the expedition was ambushed and stranded without camels or supplies in the deserts of southern Algeria. Many were killed outright, and for four months the survivors were menaced by the Tuareg, the “lords of the desert,” robbed, starved, and tricked into eating poisoned fruit. To escape, the men hid in the wastelands of the Sahara with little hope of finding food or water. They were finally forced to eat their own dead, or, worse, the merely weak. Only a dozen malnourished men lived to tell their tale of their harrowing, one-thousand-mile journey. With a “superb grip of narrative and uncanny ability to evoke battle scenes,” historian and desert explorer Michael Asher has written an amazing true story that is as dramatic as it is frightening (The Guardian).

Sands of Death

This grisly story, told by our greatest living desert explorer reveals what happened when the conceit of western colonialism met the equally arrogant Tuareg, who had dominated this remote region, and anyone trying to cross it, for a ...

Author: Michael Asher

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780222547

Category: History

Page: 304

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Desert explorer Michael Asher investigates the most disastrous exploration mission in the history of the Sahara In December 1880 a French expedition attempted to map a route for a railway that would stretch from their colony in Algeria right across the Sahara desert to reach their territories in West Africa. 'Paris to Timbuctoo in Six Days' was the slogan. It would do for the French colonies what the American railways were doing in the western states at the same time. No native opposition was expected. As one of the expedition's organizers said, 'A hundred uncivilized tribesmen armed with old-fashioned spears: what is that against the might of France?' Four months later, a handful of emaciated survivors staggered into a remote outpost on the edge of the desert. Although armed with modern rifles, the column had been lured to destruction by the self-styled 'lords of the desert', the Tuareg. At this, the highpoint of European colonialism in Africa, this story of treachery, massacre, torture and even cannibalism made headlines around the world. Attacked by the Tuareg in their remote heartland, the survivors had been pursued for weeks on end, driven into the waterless desert to die. The desperate lengths they resorted to shocked Victorian sensibilities. They do not make easy reading now. This grisly story, told by our greatest living desert explorer reveals what happened when the conceit of western colonialism met the equally arrogant Tuareg, who had dominated this remote region, and anyone trying to cross it, for a thousand years.

Footsteps to Death

SAHARA ADVENTURE SERIES - FOOTSTEPS TO DEATH In the second narrative, out of the pen of Meiring Fouche, the French Foreign Legion meets up again with El Karima, the white princess of the Dulak nation.

Author: Meiring Fouche

Publisher: Treasure Chest Books

ISBN: 9781928498629

Category: Fiction

Page: 146

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SAHARA ADVENTURE SERIES - FOOTSTEPS TO DEATH In the second narrative, out of the pen of Meiring Fouche, the French Foreign Legion meets up again with El Karima, the white princess of the Dulak nation. She had not forgotten the humiliation she had suffered six months ago, at the hands of the tall, blonde, South African, by the name of Teuns Stegmann. Not only had he betrayed her love for him, but he had also nearly destroyed her whole nation. On one of their routine patrols through the hot Sahara desert, Sergeant Vermeer and his soldiers discover two dead horses women had ridden. To their horror, they discover that one of the women is the wife of Colonel Le Clerq, the commanding officer of Dini Salam. Shortly afterward, a sheik arrives at the fort and demands that Teuns Stegmann should accompany him to Dutra, the stronghold of El Karima’s Dulaks. In exchange for Teuns, she will release the wife of Colonel Le Clerq. Colonel Le Clerq refuses the demand, so Teuns Stegmann has no choice but to escape from the fort with the Arab, against his commanding officer’s wishes. In Dutra, Teuns quickly finds out that El Karima is a woman who breaks all of her promises, when he does not respond to her love for him. Not even when he fights a giant man with his bare hands, would she allow the colonel’s wife to be released. El Karima then decides to have Teuns, and the French wife of Colonel Le Clerq, killed in Dini Salam by having them torn apart between two horses, but that is a fact not known by the commanders in Dini Salam. Help comes from an unexpected source when someone tells them about El Karima’s plans. She requests that the whole garrison of Dini Salam should vacate the fort, unarmed, and only then will she release the French wife of Colonel Le Clerq. Captain D’Arlan, the Houdini of the desert, has his hands full to try and rescue the soldiers and the prisoners. As if all of that isn’t enough, Colonel Le Clerq does something that shocks them to the core...

Near Death in the Desert

These thirteen tales are more than suspenseful; they also show how life can survive in the most punishing climates. “The night was heavy with foreboding.

Author: Cecil Kuhne

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307793713

Category: Travel

Page: 432

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“The night was heavy with foreboding. The rain, which had been spitting down on us during the late afternoon, grew heavier. It hurled into our faces, borne by a wind that was now gusting between the dunes at full force. . . . It was the worst storm we had encountered and Ned was out in it alone.” —Justin Marozzi, South from BarbaryCecil Kuhne's newest anthology gathers the best adventure stories from the world's most barren landscapes. Ranging from 19th-century explorers to modern-day journalists, these desert trekkers deal with everything from deserting men, corrupt armed soldiers, and Nigerian bush taxis to suspicious natives, stubborn camels, and debilitating sunburn. These thirteen tales are more than suspenseful; they also show how life can survive in the most punishing climates.Also featuring: Robyn Davidson's Desert Places-Robyn Davidson follows the Rubari people across the Thar as she tries to adapt to a difficult-but fascinating-way of life. Michael Asher's Two Against the Sahara-Newlyweds embark upon a nine-month, 4500-mile journey across the world's largest desert, traveling from Morocco to Sudan. Bayle St. John's Adventure in the Libyan Desert-In 1847, a team of four trek deep into Libya in search of an oasis. But what they find is even more astounding…

The Journey to Death

The book explains briefly the way what it took for the writer to get to the Arabian Gulf waters of Yemen, starting from the long-distance heart of Ethiopia.

Author: Daniel Gezahegn Wendemu

Publisher: Stratton Press

ISBN: 1643457292

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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The book explains briefly the way what it took for the writer to get to the Arabian Gulf waters of Yemen, starting from the long-distance heart of Ethiopia. After that, he talks of his childhood villages on the way to Jijiga, the eastern city of Ethiopia, and then to the port city of Bosaso. But he passed a lot of difficulties on his journey. It is difficult to track how many days the writer spent. He spent seventy-one hours walking in the Sahara Desert without food and water before crossing the Gulf of Aden. In those circumstances, days and nights lacked meaning. One can hardly tell what day of the week is any given day. All that matters is getting there at all cost. However, the most dangerous trip was the perilous fourty-one-hour journey in the waters of the Arabian Gulf. People are crammed into a rickety boat made for a dozen people. Some of the stories told in this fateful journey are too gruesome to mention. Suffice to say, it is a life-and-death situation. The harsh circumstances, however, hardly deter refugees from getting to their destination.

The North Africa Mineral Company

But headstrong and spoiled, the girl is determined to go and stumbles into a world she knows nothing about. She is kidnapped and rescued by Hicks, but the story does not end there.

Author: Tom Maki

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1517316863

Category:

Page: 430

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It is 1928, and a renowned Paris jeweler named Claude Debrosse has gone to North Africa in search of a rare yellow glass. He has disappeared, and Parker "Camel" Hicks has been asked to advise his daughter about the wisdom of going to North Africa to find him. But headstrong and spoiled, the girl is determined to go and stumbles into a world she knows nothing about. She is kidnapped and rescued by Hicks, but the story does not end there. Hicks learns that her father may be alive and that rare red sapphires may be involved in his disappearance. It is a story with many twists and turns toward an uncertain end.

In My Time of Dying

An in-depth look at how mortuary cultures and issues of death and the dead in Africa have developed over four centuries In My Time of Dying is the first detailed history of death and the dead in Africa south of the Sahara.

Author: John Parker

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691214900

Category: History

Page: 376

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An in-depth look at how mortuary cultures and issues of death and the dead in Africa have developed over four centuries In My Time of Dying is the first detailed history of death and the dead in Africa south of the Sahara. Focusing on a region that is now present-day Ghana, John Parker explores mortuary cultures and the relationship between the living and the dead over a four-hundred-year period spanning the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Parker considers many questions from the African historical perspective, including why people die and where they go after death, how the dead are buried and mourned to ensure they continue to work for the benefit of the living, and how perceptions and experiences of death and the ends of life have changed over time. From exuberant funeral celebrations encountered by seventeenth-century observers to the brilliantly conceived designer coffins of the late twentieth century, Parker shows that the peoples of Ghana have developed one of the world’s most vibrant cultures of death. He explores the unfolding background of that culture through a diverse range of issues, such as the symbolic power of mortal remains and the dominion of hallowed ancestors, as well as the problem of bad deaths, vile bodies, and vengeful ghosts. Parker reconstructs a vast timeline of death and the dead, from the era of the slave trade to the coming of Christianity and colonial rule to the rise of the modern postcolonial nation. With an array of written and oral sources, In My Time of Dying richly adds to an understanding of how the dead continue to weigh on the shoulders of the living.

The Islamic State in Africa

Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso October 2019 At the time of al-Baghdadi's death in October 2019, ISWAP–Greater Sahara was on an upward trajectory, in terms of both its violence and its relative importance to IS Central.

Author: Jason Warner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197650301

Category: Political Science

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In 2019, Islamic State lost its last remaining sliver of territory in Syria, and its Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed. These setbacks seemed to herald the Caliphate's death knell, and many now forecast its imminent demise. Yet its affiliates endure, particularly in Africa: nearly all of Islamic State's cells on the continent have reaffirmed their allegiance, attacks have continued in its name, many groups have been reinvigorated, and a new province has emerged. Why, in Africa, did the two major setbacks of 2019 have so little impact on support for Islamic State? The Islamic State in Africa suggests that this puzzle can be explained by the emergence and evolution of Islamic State's provinces in Africa, which it calls 'sovereign subordinates'. By examining the rise and development of eight Islamic State 'cells', the authors show how, having pledged allegiance to IS Central, cells evolved mostly autonomously, using the IS brand as a means for accrual of power, but, in practice, receiving relatively little if any direction or material support from central command. Given this pattern, IS Central's relative decline has had little impact on its African affiliates-who are likely to remain committed to the Caliphate's cause for the foreseeable future.

Close Contact

“Without a body for proof, Sahara won't accept his death. She's had a PI on retainer ever since it happened.” “What makes it even worse,” Leese said, “is that her parents died when she was younger and her brother practically raised her.

Author: Lori Foster

Publisher: HQN Books

ISBN: 9781459294905

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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There’s no resisting a desire like this… MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night. Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.