Indra - Chapter 19
When I first saw Lisa Gilad's chapter, I was quite surprised to learn
of the importance of my testimony (in the form of an affidavit) in
shaping the fate of an 'Issa Somali woman applying for refugee status.
Given the reported facts of the woman's case, I thought she would be in
desperate straits, should she be returned against her will to Dire
Dawa, Ethiopia. Anthropologists are not trained to reach conclusions on
the basis of minimal, secondhand reports, and I was aware of several
questions I would have liked to investigate if this were possible and
if the case were not a matter of urgency, but I did not hesitate to
respond. Was this an ethical compromise?