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ISBN13: 9780385319942
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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.  Forced into an arranged marriage at age seventeen, Fauziya was told to prepare for kakia, the ritual also known as female genital mutilation.  It is a ritual no woman can refuse.  But Fauziya dared to try.  

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.  prisons, and of meeting Layli Miller Bashir, a law student who became Fauziya's friend and advocate during her horrifying sixteen months behind bars.  Layli enlisted help from Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law and acting director of the American University International Human Rights Clinic.  In addition to devoting her own considerable efforts to the case, Musalo assembled a team to fight with her on Fauziya's behalf.  Ultimately, in a landmark decision in immigration history, Fauziya Kassindja was granted asylum on June 13, 1996.  Do They Hear You When You Cry is her unforgettable chronicle of triumph.

About the Author

Fauziya Kassindja was born in 1977 in Kpalimé, Togo, Africa, and now resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Layli Miller Bashir, a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, is now an attorney practicing in Washington, D.C. She is also the founder of the Tahirih Justice Center, which assists women facing international human rights abuses. She lives in Virginia with her husband.

Table of Contents

  1. 1.Prison
  2. 2.Home
  3. 3.Yaya and Amariya
  4. 4.Daily life
  5. 5.Favorite
  6. 6.Muslim family life
  7. 7.Muslim girl
  8. 8.Weddings
  9. 9.Strife
  10. 10.Tragedy
  11. 11.Nightmare
  12. 12.Marriage
  13. 13.Flight
  14. 14.Germany
  15. 15.Charlie
  16. 16.Sister's keepers
  17. 17.America
  18. 18.Esmor
  19. 19.Bowman
  20. 20.Prison life
  21. 21.Layli
  22. 22.Riot
  23. 23.York
  24. 24.Lehigh -25.Hearing
  25. 26.Beijing
  26. 27.In position
  27. 28.Battles
  28. 29.Desperation
  29. 30.Crisis
  30. 31.April 24th
  31. 32.Freedom.

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Judith Auslander, January 11, 2009 (view all comments by Judith Auslander)
This is an amazing story of triumph over what for most would be insurmountably pain and frustration. This young woman, Fauziya Kassindja was able to endure because of her strong religious beliefs, Islamic, her love for her mother and deceased father, and the remarkable team of lawyers who came to her aid. Together with Baha'i Layli Miller Bashir, they changed INS law to declare that FGM as illegal and a reason to come to the United States and request sanctuary.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385319942
Author:
Kassindja, Fauziya
Author:
Bashir, Layli Miller
Author:
Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir
Publisher:
Delta
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Asylum, right of
Subject:
Female circumcision
Subject:
Political refugees
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2.36
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.00x5.38x1.17 in. 1.02 lbs.

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