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Rape and the worsening brutality against women in wartime

Non-Fiction: Our Bodies, Their Battlefield

Christina Lamb

William Collins, 432 pages, hardaback €19.10; Kindle £9.99

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Mass abduction: girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram in 2015

Mass abduction: girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram in 2015

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield by Christina Lamb

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield by Christina Lamb

Gifted writer: British war correspondent Christina Lamb

Gifted writer: British war correspondent Christina Lamb

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Mass abduction: girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram in 2015

At the very end of Christina Lamb's devastating account of rape in modern conflict, she wonders why women's names are not written on war memorials. If you can make it through the harrowing accounts of sexual violence in Our Bodies, Their Battlefield, it is a question you will find yourself asking, too.

Christina Lamb, a celebrated foreign correspondent and writer, has spent 30 years covering combat, reporting on men fighting at the frontlines and long despairing at the comparative lack of coverage of women's stories, particularly the use of sexual violence in war. In this new book, the first major account to address the topic, Lamb sets out to redress that balance.

The 15 chapters cover stories from the Middle East, Africa, South and East Asia, Latin America and Europe. We meet young Yazidi women traded as sex slaves by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the families of the Nigerian schoolgirls snatched by Boko Haram in 2014, Congolese infants who have been horrendously abused, kidnapped Argentine dissidents and bereaved parents, and elderly Filipina women who were imprisoned and raped by the Japanese Imperial Army almost a century ago.