End Ritual Cutting of Girls

U.S. survivors of female genital mutilation speak at Their Voice conference in New York City. Photo Credit: Sharrone Wilson

Every year around the world, about two million young girls are forced to endure female genital mutilation (FGM).

The ritual—practiced in as many as 28 African countries, as well as in some countries in the Middle East, Asia and South America—varies among communities in its severity, the age of girls, and the method used to circumcise. Most of the time, FGM is linked to traditional coming-of-age practices. Learn how World Vision is working to end FGM.

The following story is from Women’s eNews:

“While sitting on the bathroom floor of her family’s Harlem apartment, Kadidia Makannera held her urine for 12 hours. She’d left her bed because she knew that at some point it had to come out and she didn’t want to soil her bed sheets.

Makannera, a U.S. citizen born to Malian parents who relocated to New York City in 1976, had just been genitally mutilated by her maternal grandmother on that same bathroom floor 18 hours earlier.

“I could not sleep, the pain was unbearable. When I peed the first time, I felt fresh pain all over again as my urine touched my wound. I didn’t want to suffer that again so I held it for as long as I could,” she says.

She was 9 years old and her clitoris was cut off with a razor along with her external genitalia which were subsequently stitched together, leaving only an opening the size of a match stick.  She was given no anesthesia…”

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