FGM LOOMS IN THE CORRIDORS : FISH IT OUT


Female genital mutilation, FGM is a practice one would think has been stamped out. But, the sad reality remains that the practice still devours the physical, medical, psychological and even psychical lives of young african females.

Fatima, a 23-year-old mother from The Gambia, was 10 years old when she was taken, along with about 200 other primary school children, out into the bush to be cut:

“There are two people holding you and then they cut it in one go,” she recalled. “And then you cry for the rest of the day. The pain is the worst. It is even more painful than giving birth and you have to live with it for the rest of your life.”

As an adult Fatima sought asylum in Britain to save her three-year-old daughter, who was born in the UK, from being mutilated too. The head of the family is an imam, she said, “so my daughter doesn’t stand a chance. If we return to The Gambia she will be cut”.

Such stories are true and reveiling, and are not just told to make the practice a myth.  More steps should be taken, to stamp the practice out of the lives of fellow humans.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s