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The Global Web of Cannibals by Kamal Malaker is a shocking tale about the body organ trade taking place in developing countries. A retired army doctor went to Nigeria to attend an international health conference dealing with the cost-effectiveness of health care in poor countries. There he learns about children whose kidneys are sold on the black market. Wanting to investigate more, he is introduced to a businessman named Alhaji who knows the ins and outs of these children and kidney operations. As the retired doctor probes deeper, he discovers an unscrupulous organ harvesting operation that sustains the needs of global organ donations, and they continue to push forward to widen their base. The United States has a huge waiting list for organ transplants.
The Global Web of Cannibals transcends any genre when it comes to reflecting a shocking reality. Kamal Malaker has powerfully used what he observed on his trip to Africa, where he discovered a couple of young girls with surgical scars on the left sides of their bellies. This brilliant novel that emerged that observation is bound to make Malaker a chronicler of persistent social ills in the guise of fiction. He writes with a clear objective so that you can’t ignore the message he conveys. He has a style with its own built-in energy that pulls you in, and, once you’re inside, you empathize with the protagonist’s concerns. This is undoubtedly a must-read. The book has strong shock value but it also has heart. It has no set formula. It simply flows to reveal what you need to know.