Busted Halo
August 19th, 2009

Busted Borders: Fatoumata (Senegal)

Video 1 - "If I go back to my country my daughters will be facing what I am surviving"


A mother of six wants her daughters to avoid female genital mutilation.

With the help of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, BustedHalo.com began covering the issue of immigration in a unique way. Instead of contributing to the glut of coverage about immigration, BustedHalo is featuring stories by immigrants themselves about the issue. We distributed Flip video cameras to undocumented individuals and agencies across the country and asked them to start video blogging for a period of at least three months.

Busted Borders is an attempt to use the web’s unfiltered nature to move the immigration debate away from abstractions and statistics. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we hope to give a personal glimpse into the humanity of these strangers in our midst. For reasons of safety, some of the participants have opted to keep their last names and locations secret.

Busted Borders is an ongoing project and we are still in its early stages. If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact us at borders@bustedhalo.com.

Busted Borders Producer: Bill McGarvey; Project coordinator: Mirlande Jeanlouis.

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  • Prague

    You lie fatimata ,don t know where are you from , but not from our Senegal .I undrestand , that you want to stay legaly in USA with your familly , but don t use this way . Even a stupid person could find out , that it is not true . Good luck mama

  • gabby

    These are heartrending stories, thank you Mirlande for recommending me to read about it! Also as a related story a recommend to watch the new Doc from HBO ¨Which Way Home¨ this time talking about stories of little kids triying to cross the Mexican Border Illegally, thanks.

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