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.