"I love my mother. I love my family. And I love Africa
For over three thousand years the family truly believes that a daughter who is not circumcised is not clean because what exists between our legs is unclean. So it must be removed and sealed up, as a proof of virginity and virtue, and in the wedding night the husband takes a blade or a knife and cuts it open, before he forces himself into his bride.
An uncircumcised girl cannot marry, consequently she is expelled from her village and put on the same level as a whore.
This practice continues even though it is not written in the Koran. It is accepeted that as a result of this mutilation, women are sick, mentally and physically, for the rest of their lives.
The same women who are the back bone of Africa.
I survived, but my two sisters didn't. Sofia bled to death after being mutilated, and Armina died in childbirth with the baby in her belly.
How much stronger would our continent be if this senseless ritual were abolished.
There is a proverb in my country: the last camel in line walks as quickly as the first.
What ever happens to least of us has an effect on all of us." - Desert Flower
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