Do They Hear You When You Cry

Do They Hear You When You Cry

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Baker & Taylor
Relates the story of a young African woman who fled to the United States to escape ritual genital mutilation and was imprisoned for sixteen months

Blackwell North Amer
A true story of persecution, friendship, and ultimate triumph, Do They Hear You When You Cry chronicles the struggles of two extraordinary women: Fauziya Kassindja, who fled her African homeland to escape female genital mutilation only to be locked up in American prisons for sixteen months; and Layli Miller Bashir, a driven young law student who fought for Fauziya's freedom.
Here, for the first time, is Fauziya's dramatic personal story, told in her own words, vividly detailing her life as a young woman in Togo and her nightmarish day-to-day existence in U.S. prisons. It is a story of faith and freedom, courage and inspiration.

& Taylor

Tells the story of two women--an African who fled to the United States to escape ritual genital mutilation and an arranged marriage only to be imprisoned for sixteen months, and the young law student who fought for her freedom. 170,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte press, c1998
Description: x, 518 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780385318327
Branch Call Number: 305.48697 Kas
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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