Fauziya Kassindja was born in 1977 in Kpalime, Togo, the youngest daughter of a wealthy, prominent family. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Layli Miller Bashir is a recent graduate from the American University Washington College of Law. She lives in Virginia with her husband.
The dramatic story of Fauziya Kassindja, who fled her African homeland to escape female genital mutilation and forced polygamy.