Do They Hear You When You Cry

Do They Hear You When You Cry

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For Fauziya Kassindja, an idyllic childhood in Togo, West Africa, sheltered from the tribal practices of polygamy and genital mutilation, ended with her beloved father's sudden death.nbsp;nbsp;Forced into an arranged marriage at age seventeen, Fauziya was told to prepare for kakia, the ritual also known as female genital mutilation.nbsp;nbsp;It is a ritual no woman can refuse.nbsp;nbsp;But Fauziya dared to try.nbsp;nbsp;

This is her story--told in her own words--of fleeing Africa just hours before the ritual kakia was to take place, of seeking asylum in America only to be locked up in U.S.nbsp;nbsp;prisons, and of meeting Layli Miller Bashir, a law student who became Fauziya's friend and advocate during her horrifying sixteen months behind bars.nbsp;nbsp;Layli enlisted help from Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law and acting director of the American University International Human Rights Clinic.nbsp;nbsp;In addition to devoting her own considerable efforts to the case, Musalo assembled a team to fight with her on Fauziya's behalf.nbsp;nbsp;Ultimately, in a landmark decision in immigration history, Fauziya Kassindja was granted asylum on June 13, 1996.nbsp;nbsp; Do They Hear You When You Cry is her unforgettable chronicle of triumph.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delta, c1999, c1998
ISBN: 9780385319942
Characteristics: xii, 528 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bashir, Layli Miller


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A powerful look at what it's like to be a woman, a refugee and a survivor. FGM, female genital mutilation, is terrible tool used to control women and rob them of their fundamental right to chose what to do with and to their bodies. This is an atrocious act that should be not only outlawed but considered a human rights violation.

This is the story of one woman's attempt to free herself from this by doing the only thing she could, fleeing her country, family and everything she knew. She gambled and hoped the US would be a welcoming place for her, she was very very wrong. Although written years ago, given today's political climate in the US it is still resonates.


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