TricklingTears - 1

Girls Relating Their Experiences

By Hassan Mohammed Ibrahim & Fardhosa Ali Mohamed


 

Testimony 1: Not Once But Twice - As narrated by Fatuma Abdi

trickling tearsMy Elder sister Sulfa had the pharaonic type of female circumcision. This is the type where one is chopped off the clitoris and the labia majora then the whole thing is stitched up, only leaving a small hole that even the small finger cannot penetrate.

She had complications that forced her to be admitted to hospital. Father was disgusted and worried but mum was not moved, she said that they all passed through the same process and nothing happened. But surely she was lying, if I was to ask her story, it was a horrendous tale of pain and distress.

Seeing what happened dad started worrying about me and had to confer with other muslim scholars. He was told that if it was a must to circumcise, then the simplest form is the 'sunna' type where a small portion of clitoris cut is done. Dad related this to mum, preferring that I should not even be touched. But mum was adamant and solid saying to dad that he was going astray and wanted to behave like a 'kafir' (a pagan). Later she agreed to the sunna type. Even though a small portion of the clitoris was cut, it was one painful experience.

I was still recovering from that exercise when an aunt paid us a visit to congratulate me. On seeing what was done to me, she was so much surprised and angry. At first I thought she was angry because she did not want me to undergo female genital mutilation or that they had inflicted some damage. However, she riled my mother saying they had done nothing and had only wasted money and time. Mum felt as though she had failed and agreed to do it the right way. This time, father's consent was not of importance to them, and whatever he attempted to say was gone with the wind.

Aunt immediately brought two women and said she would pay the charges. I had not recovered and now here was the grand torture. The pain was enormous and the force they exerted on me was indomitable. I could not move, only scream. I face the butcher's knife twice and was left crying bitterly for days. I could not sleep at night and the day's memories keep flashing my mind to date. I wil never forgive this aunt, and never talk to her again.

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