By Fauziya Kassindja
A real tale of persecution, friendship, and supreme triumph, Do They pay attention You for those who Cry chronicles the struggles of 2 notable girls: Fauziya Kassindja, who fled her African place of birth to flee girl genital mutilation in basic terms to be locked up in American prisons for 16 months; and Layli Miller Bashir, a pushed younger legislations pupil who fought for Fauziya's freedom.
Fauziya Kassindja's harrowing tale starts in Togo, Africa, the place she loved a sheltered youth, shielded by way of her innovative father from the tribal perform of polygamy and genital mutilation. but if her father died in 1993, Fauziya's lifestyles replaced dramatically. At age seventeen Fauziya used to be compelled to marry a guy she slightly knew who already had 3 other halves, and get ready for the tribal ritual of woman genital mutilation--a perform that's played with no painkillers or antibiotics. yet hours sooner than the ritual was once to ensue, Fauziya's sister helped her break out to Germany, and from there she traveled to the U.S. looking asylum--and freedom. as a substitute, she used to be stripped, shackled, and locked up in numerous INS detention amenities for 16 months.
Enter Layli Miller Bashir, a pushed twenty-three-year-old legislation pupil who took on Fauziya's case. while the 2 girls met, Layli came across an emotionally damaged, emaciated woman with whom she solid a rare friendship. placing her middle and soul into Fauziya's case, Layli enlisted aid from the yankee collage foreign Human Rights health center. The clinic's performing director, Karen Musalo, a professional in refugee legislation, committed her personal massive efforts to the case, and assembled a staff to struggle together with her on Fauziya's behalf. eventually, in a landmark selection that has given wish to many looking asylum at the grounds of gender-based persecution, Fauziya was once granted asylum on June thirteen, 1996.
Here, for the 1st time, is Fauziya's dramatic own tale, instructed in her personal phrases, vividly detailing her existence as a tender lady in Togo and her nightmarish daily lifestyles in U.S. prisons. it's a tale of religion and freedom, braveness and inspiration--one that you'll now not quickly omit.