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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Author : Fauziya Kassindja
ISBN : 9780385319942
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Do They Hear You When You Cry

Author : Fauziya Kassindja
ISBN : 9781407057132
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Like the bestsellers Princess and Not Without My Daughter, Do They Hear You When You Cry? tells the dramatic, compulsively readable story of a woman fighting to free herself from the injustices of her culture. Fauziya Kassindja's harrowing story begins in Togo, Africa, where she enjoyed a sheltered childhood, shielded by her progressive father from the tribal practice of polygamy and genital mutilation. But when her father died in 1993, Fauziya's life changed dramatically. At the age of seventeen, she was forced to marry a man she barely knew who already had three wives, and prepare for the tribal ritual practice of genital mutilation - a practice that is performed without painkillers or antibiotics. But hours 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 asylum - and freedom. Instead she was stripped, shackled and imprisoned for sixteen months by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Enter Layli Miller Bashir, a twenty-three-year-old law student who took on Fauziya's case. When the two women met, Layli found a broken, emaciated girl with whom she forged an extraordinary friendship. Putting her heart into Fauziya's case, Layli enlisted help from the American University International Human Rights Clinic. The clinic's acting director Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law, assembled a team to fight on Fauziya's behalf. Ultimately, in a landmark decision that has given hope to many seeking asylum on the grounds of gender-based persecution, Fauziya was granted asylum on 13 June 1996. 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 American prisons. It is a story of faith and freedom, courage and inspiration - one that you will not easily forget.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Do They Hear You When You Cry

Author : Fauziya Kassindja
ISBN : 9780553505634
Genre : Asylum, Right of
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Fauziya Kassindja's harrowing story begins in Togo, Africa, where she enjoyed a sheltered childhood, shielded by her progressive father from tribal practices. But when he died in 1993, her life changed dramatically. At the age of seventeen she was forced to marry a man who already had three wives and to prepare for the ritual of female circumcision. Hours before the brutal ceremony was to take place, Fauziya escaped and fled to the United States to seek asylum. However, her nightmare was far from over. On arrival in America she was stripped, shackled and imprisoned by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Enter Layli Miller Bashir, a young law student, who took on Fauziya's case and fought for her freedom. In a landmark decision that has given hope to many seeking refuge on the grounds of gender-based persecution, Fauziya was finally granted asylum on 13 June 1996. In the tradition of the international bestsellers Princess and Not Without My Daughter, this is the dramatic and inspirational story of a woman fighting to free herself from the injustices of her culture. It is a story that you will not easily forget.
Category: Asylum, Right of

In The Water They Can T See You Cry

Author : Amanda Beard
ISBN : 9781451644388
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A seven-time Olympic medalist describes her battles with depression, eating disorders and substance abuse in spite of her successful career, recounting how she hid her struggles from her loved ones before seeking help and finding renewal in the birth of her son. 75,000 first printing."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry

Author : Linda Beech
ISBN : 0590389270
Genre : Education
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Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. * " A] vivid story.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." Booklist, starred review"
Category: Education

You Re Not From Around Here Are You

Author : Louise A. Blum
ISBN : 0299170934
Genre : Social Science
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This is a funny, moving story about life in a small town, from the point of view of a pregnant lesbian. Louise A. Blum, author of the critically acclaimed novel Amnesty, now tells the story of her own life and her decision to be out, loud, and pregnant. Mixing humor with memorable prose, Blum recounts how a quiet, conservative town in an impoverished stretch of Appalachia reacts as she and a local woman, Connie, fall in love, move in together, and determine to live their life together openly and truthfully. The town responds in radically different ways to the couple’s presence, from prayer vigils on the village green to a feature article in the family section of the local newspaper. This is a cautionary, wise, and celebratory tale about what it’s like to be different in America—both the good and the bad. A depiction of small town life with all its comforts and its terrors, this memoir speaks to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in America. Blum tells her story with a razor wit and deft precision, a story about two "girls with grit," and the child they decide to raise, right where they are, in small town America.
Category: Social Science

Girlchild

Author : Tupelo Hassman
ISBN : 9781466801455
Genre : Fiction
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Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice (Uniforms, disposing of outgrown; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop. Rory's been told that she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." But she's determined to prove the county and her own family wrong. Brash, sassy, vulnerable, wise, and terrified, she struggles with her mother's habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good. From diary entries, social workers' reports, half-recalled memories, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions, and her grandmother's letters, Rory crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world even as she searches for the way out of it. Tupelo Hassman's Girlchild is a heart-stopping and original debut.
Category: Fiction

Across The Wire

Author : Luis Urrea
ISBN : 0307773744
Genre : Social Science
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Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Social Science

Burned Alive

Author : Souad,
ISBN : 9780759511125
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A 17-year-old girl from Jordan beats the odds and lives to tell the tale of her family's attempt to kill her after she shames them by becoming pregnant.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Blindfold S Eyes

Author : Dianna Ortiz
ISBN : 9781608331796
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This searing memoir of an American nun who was abducted and tortured in Guatemala--and continues to search for healing and justice--shows that the human spirit is a force stronger than violence and fear.
Category: Biography & Autobiography