Dear friends, family, and friends of friends,

Some of you have already heard the story of Adama Bah. For those of you who haven't, Adama - a Muslim teenager and former student of mine at the Harlem Children's Zone - was detained by the FBI in March of 2005. Without any explanation they accused her of being an "imminent threat" and appeared ready to hold her indefinitely. After a widespread public protest, however, the government agreed to release her. Without going into a detailed history of the case, I believe she has been unfairly targeted and in the process has seen her family split apart.

Adama's father, a Guinean immigrant shopowner, was recently deported, leaving Adama's mother to care for the family's five children. Unable to read or speak much English, Mrs. Bah has relied heavily on Adama to support the family. And Adama, already burdened by a deportation case and an FBI imposed curfew, has dropped out of school to work full-time. Adama is bright, resourceful, and unimaginably strong. But she is carrying a greater burden than any 18 year-old girl should have to.

I'm asking for your help. If you are in a position to donate to an emergency fund for Adama and her family, please do so. Checks should be made payable to Adama Bah and can be sent to the following address:

Adama Bah
c/o David Felix Sutcliffe
312 West 87th Street, apt. 4A
NYC, NY 10024

If you want to learn more about her case, I've posted several
articles that appeared in the New York Times following her arrest. You can read them at:

Please forward this e-mail to your family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone else who you believe would be interested in helping Adama.

Thank you so much for your support.

David Felix Sutcliffe
(301) 830-2686