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Do They Hear You When You Cry?

Do They Hear You When You Cry? - 98 edition

Do They Hear You When You Cry? - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780385319942

ISBN10: 0385319940

Do They Hear You When You Cry? by Fauziya Kassindja - ISBN 9780385319942
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Do They Hear You When You Cry? by Fauziya Kassindja - ISBN 9780385319942

ISBN13: 9780385319942

ISBN10: 0385319940

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98

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Summary

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.


Author Bio

Kassindja, Fauziya :

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

Bashir, Layli Miller :

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.






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