Fauziya recounts her harrowing ordeals in both Africa and the United States with eloquence and remarkable depth. Her initial naïveté in assuming that she would automatically gain asylum only adds to the tragedy of her story, as she instead faces isolation and religious persecution in high-security prisons. She graphically describes the horrors of strip searches and a terrible sickness that was ignored by prison staff.
This is a book of unspeakable despair put into words as well as a remarkable friendship forged between Fauziya and her lawyer (and contributing editor) Layli Miller Bashir, who was at the fore of Fauziya's case and brought national attention to the plight of these females seeking asylum. Fauziya gained her political asylum in June 1996, but the book ends on a cautionary note; the immigration process for these women is still arduous and often unsuccessful. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More people need to read this book as I am sure they, too, will be similarly moved.
I am an attorney and I have some knowledge of immigration law, but what this book revealed about the inner workings of our system appalled me.
I was so pleased to find while reading this book that the author was very fair in her portrayal of all of the events that took place.
One of my all time favorite books. Incredibly captivating, moving, and informative. A must read for everyone - especially anyone interested in immigration law, asylum, FGM (female... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Haley
Wonderful Book. Great insight on islam, women and african culture! A must read. Do they hear you when you cry is a must read for anyone interested in female circum...Published 14 months ago by educator2012
I was going to West Africa when I read this - it made me realize how this part of the world thinks about many things. Loved it!!Published 19 months ago by M. Klossner
Most of the narrative was very interesting.Once she got to the USA it became a bit repetitive & I started skipping pages. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christian H. Gortz
The description said brand new but when I got the book the front and back covers had marks on themPublished 20 months ago by Pen Name
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It has a delicate subject matter, but amazing the journey this girl went on in getting caught in the system.Published on October 14, 2012 by kelainek42
First, I must say I read this book a number of years ago after reading about this woman in the Washington Post. This book is amazing. I loved it. I would read this book again. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A great story of courage and survival as well as love..i met Kassinga yrs ago when she first arriuved in America She is still a friendPublished on October 27, 2011 by Dr P
I read this book a long time ago but it has always remained with me. Deep sad story but worth the read because she survives.Published on November 13, 2010 by Marco