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Unformatted text preview: In the dank, repugnant Walayat women's prison, Mariam shares a cell with five other women and four children. They use a hole in the floor for a toilet and they must rely on visitors to bring them food. Mariam's cellmates treat her like a celebrity the rest of them are incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, such as running away. At Mariam's trial, she declines her right to witnesses and three judges decide her fate. The middle judge reveals that he feels compassion for Mariam, but that only Allah can forgive sins and so the judges cannot intervene. Mariam signs the verdict only the second time in her life that she's ever had to sign her name, the first being when she wed Rasheed. After ten days in prison, Mariam is taken by wagon to Ghazi Stadium. The young soldier accompanying her takes pity on her, telling her it's okay to be scared. She cries a little bit, but accompanying her takes pity on her, telling her it's okay to be scared....
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- Fall '08