Christine Bergougnous signing a book in Mirepoix for her book “The Blue Eyes of the Desert”

Christine Bergougnous signing a book in Mirepoix for her book “The Blue Eyes of the Desert”
Christine Bergougnous signing a book in Mirepoix for her book “The Blue Eyes of the Desert”

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Committed to humanitarian work for around ten years, Christine Bergougnous will be signing at the Couverts bookstore in Mirepoix on June 24.

Today, there is no need to introduce Christine Bergougnous, a native of the Pays d’Olmes, but involved in humanitarian work in Mauritania for more than ten years. Tirelessly, Christine Bergougnous fights to find solutions to the medical emergencies of the children who desperate parents entrust to her. She cannot bear to see a child suffer and families give up due to lack of means.

This is why she organized kidney transplants, heart surgeries, repair surgeries for major burns and cancer.

“Words gave them what life had denied them”

The author will be signing at the Couverts bookstore in Mirepoix by Coralie Lourde, on Monday, June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for her book “Blue Eyes of the Desert”.

This book tells the fantastic odyssey of four blind Mauritanian children doomed to an existence of total dependence in the Saharan desert. “Blue” eyes represent the opacity of children’s glaucoma. Christine knew how to find the exact tone of the oriental tale, with a small, melodious voice that instantly transports you to the desert and leaves you with a lasting echo.

This story is inspired by “the country of a million poets” and the harsh reality of the life of a family from eastern Mauritania, the Ould Baba. After the death of his wife, Sidi Mahmoud found himself alone with his four blind children and the mad hope of having them operated.

“I was asked in 2020 in the middle of Covid, from Mauritania, to organize a corneal transplant for each of the children. But I was blocked in Ariège by the lockdown and powerless, so their pathology became irreversible. both through this diagnosis and the frustration of not having been able to help them, I started to write them a story, and the words offered them what life had denied them, a real odyssey at the end of 2022, without much. believing it, I sent my manuscript to Elyzad publishers who, to my great surprise, offered to publish my story. Today, I have just finished writing the story of their big sister, who takes care of me. them I consider ‘The Blue Eyes of the Desert’ as the first volume of a trilogy, continued by the life of Oum El Khaieri, the eldest. And finally, I would like to devote the last volume to Khadija, the youngest. separated from her family.

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