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Do They Hear You When You Cry By Fauziya Kassindja

Do They Hear You When You Cry
by Fauziya Kassindja

The story of Fauziya Kassindja, who fled her African homeland to escape female genital mutilation and forced polygamy. The book tells of her life in Togo, Africa and then of her time in America where she went in search of political asylum. This was finally granted in June 1996.
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Do They Hear You When You Cry Summary


Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja

The story of Fauziya Kassindja, who fled her African homeland to escape female genital mutilation and forced polygamy. Fauziya's progressive father had shielded her from the tribal practice of polygamy and female genital mutilation in Togo, Africa, but when he died in 1993, everything changed. At the age of 17, she was forced to marry a much older man who already had three wives, and to undergo preparation for female genital mutilation without any painkillers or antibiotics. Days before the ritual was to take place, Fauziya's sister helped her escape to Germany, and from there she travelled to the United States seeking political asylum. When she arrived in the US she was stripped, shackled and imprisoned for 16 months by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Layli Miller Bashir, a second-year law student assigned to Fauziya's case, found a broken, emaciated girl who had been shuffled from prison to prison, was suffering from an untreated bleeding ulcer, had been subjected to several strip searches, and denied the right to follow her daily religious practices. She enlisted law professor, Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law, who assembled a team to fight on Fauziya's behalf. Fauziya was finally granted asylum on 13 June 1996, a landmark decision.

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Do They Hear You When You Cry Reviews


"A fascinating story...not only one of horror but of great humanity."--The New York Times Book Review "Told in Kassindja's voice, this memoir is also a precious lesson about cultures, women's human rights policy, and perhaps most important, faith in God and humanity. These elements, fluidly interwoven, create an incredible narrative." --The Washington Post "Moving and powerful."--Newsweek "An astonishing true story . . . A sprawling adventure . . . Full of good guys and bad guys, lush landscapes, barren prison cells, love, courage, despair, and cruelty."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "A straightforward, gripping narrative, not easily forgotten."--Essence

About Fauziya Kassindja


Biography for Layli Miller Bashir Fauziya Kassindja was born in 1977 in Kpalime, Togo, the youngest daughter of a wealthy, prominent family. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. ayli Miller Bashir is a recent graduate from the American University Washington College of Law. She lives in Virginia with her husband. ini Kopecki is a freelance writer who lives in New York City. Biography for Fauziya Kassindja

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GOR001230050
Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja
Fauziya Kassindja
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
1999-03-04
688
0553505637
9780553505634
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