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Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja
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Jan 24, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

I started out this book wondering how they were going to fill 500 pages with this young woman's story. But, she writes going back through her childhood, explaining her country (Togo), customs, culture, and faith. It's a very important piece to understanding her story, as well as how it impacts her process of seeking asylum in the US. This is a good glimpse into the asylum process in the US and how it has developed; all told through her story. I was quite surprised to find out that it wasn't until the mid 90's that we started recognizing gender based violence issues as a cause for someone to seek asylum and have fear of persecution in in their home country.
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