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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Do They Hear You When You Cry

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Written by Fauziya KassindjaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Fauziya Kassindja

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
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  • Publisher: Delta
  • On Sale: January 12, 1999
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)
about this book

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in maximum security, Kassindja was denied legal representation, medical care, and religious freedom. The story of her persecution and detention reveals the harsh side of U.S. immigration policy and provides powerful testimony in favor of reform. Her book records a recent but historic civil and human rights battle with repercussions that continue to be felt throughout the nation.

"Do They Hear You When You Cry could change the female half of history in the millennium to come."—Gloria Steinem

"Puts a personal face on what is too often seen as an abstract, political issue."—The New York Times

"This book will make one by turns angry, afraid, and ashamed of one's complacency."—Kirkus Reviews

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. Prison • 2. Home • 3. Yaya and Amariya • 4. Daily Life • 5. Favorite • 6. Muslim Family Life • 7. Muslim Girl • 8. Weddings • 9. Strife • 10. Tragedy • 11. Nightmare • 12. Marriage • 13. Flight • 14. Germany • 15. Charlie • 16. Sister's Keepers • 17. America • 18. Esmor • 19. Bowman • 20. Prison Life • 21. Layli • 22. Riot! • 23. York • 24. Lehigh • 25. Hearing • 26. Beijing • 27. In Position • 28. Battles • 29. Desperation • 30. Crisis • 31. April 24th • 32. Freedom • Epilogue • Acknowledgments • For More Information