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Season of Plenty Brings Misery for Teenage Girls


World  (tags: FGM, the "cut", girls, Kenya, young marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Pokot, circumcised, abuse, help, rescue centre, exodus, africa, violence )

Naoko
- 1596 days ago - nation.co.ke
Fifteen-years-old Elizabeth dreads the long rainy season, when, like many other girls her age, she would be forced to undergo the age-old practice of female genital mutilation. The season is also the time when schoolgirls as young as 10 get married off.



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. (0)
Monday July 12, 2010, 5:00 pm
Interesting and superstition,
 

Jack B. (57)
Monday July 12, 2010, 6:14 pm
Savage procedures
 

Carol H. (32)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 11:19 am
I feel so sorry for these girls and especially the mother who tried valiantly to stop the father from forced FGM and marriage to an old man. I pray they get help, that more schools/sanctuaries could be built. They would be allowed to be the beautiful smart, young women they could be if let alone but brutal men with their 'customs.'
 

Amber Longoria (2)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7:15 pm
i think people should respect their rights and thoughts, i mean like what if that happened to you? what you like that? no.
 

Marta Away (55)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7:45 pm
Im trying to visit the page but it says "error"...
 

Debbie G. (311)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 9:24 pm
Such a despicable and savage practice. I'm glad some progress is being made, but obviously there's a long way to go and so many girls will be mutilated in the meantime.
 

Naoko I. (259)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 12:04 am
Thanks for all these comments. Marta, I , too, sometimes have trouble with this site (Daily Nation - www.nation.co.ke). Try to visit or open the page, but it says "error". Usually after some time it becomes OK. Or I even restart my PC.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:30 am
I agree, I hope more sanctuaries and schools can be set up for the girls and that they can continue their education in peace.
 

JOAN MASSETTI (11)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:57 am
IN A MALE DOMINATED SOCIETY IT MUST BE MADNESS----TELL ME DO THE MEN UNDERGO THE SAME TRIBAL TORTURE ??????? I THINK NOT !!!!
 

Sarah C. (15)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 9:57 am
I object to the Anglican Church not having women bishops ( I'm Anglican ) but this is one positive thing they're doing. Unfortunately, it's an uphill fight for a male-dominated world. One that shouldn't be let up, though.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 12:52 pm
Those poor girls . Noted thnaks !
 

Catrina Velez (46)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:34 pm
Female genital mutilation is performed all over Africa and parts of the Middle East, sometimes on little girls as young as 5. The child is dragged away, often screaming, and held down by two or more adults, her legs jerked apart and the folds of skin around the vagina are sawed off with such crude implements as pieces of broken glass, tin can lids, or sharpened iron scraps as in the picture. The bleeding and the pain is horrific and many little girls die of shock, blood loss and infection within several weeks. Scar tissue may prevent the child from urinating normally or voiding mentstrual fluids. Sexual intercourse, excruciating enough for an underage girl, is made still worse due to scarring and persistent soreness. This brutal custom did not evolve in areas where water is plentiful and females can freely bathe their intimate parts. Possibly, without water, parents sought to "improve" their girls for the marriage market by removing whatever unclean parts were thought to be causing a smell.
 

TL H. (3)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:52 pm
Yes,Joan M. it does happen to boys.Botched circumcisions in South Africa killed 40 boys and put over 100 in the hospital this month, a health official said Wednesday.
The boys, who were taken into rural areas and circumcised as part of traditional rites of passage, died from gangrene, dehydration and pneumonia, said Sizwe Kupelo, health department spokesman for Eastern Cape province.Circumcision Season: Boy Loses Head of Gangrenous Penis. South Africa The circumcision ritual is seen by the Xhosa of South Africa as part ...
 

Michael G. (12)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 2:33 pm
While It is quite obvious the physical pain and ongoing health problems associated with FGM, I did not realize that it was also a automatic end to school and the start of an early married life. No wonder these girls dread it so much they are willing to go through anything to avoid ALL the pain and life changes associated with this horid proccedure.
 

Shirley H. (49)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 2:39 pm
Horrible.
Shirley H.
 

Marie Therese H. (10)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 3:16 pm
What a savage world we live in! And girl babies are getting the worst of it. It does not console me that here
children are not tortured legally, because in half the world, they are.
Change is ever so slow in coming. Billions of little girls will suffer these atrocities for years to come.
And god watches!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 4:07 pm
There's a reason why they call it mutilation - it's not beneficial to a girl's health at all and causes serious damage.
 

Elvira S. (82)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 4:11 pm
I think if boys would be mutilated there would be an outcry. We are fortunate to be born in the west.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 4:45 pm
How sad for these poor girls, I really feel for them. There's so much pain and fear in the world.
 

K t (4)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 5:54 pm
NO WOMAN SHOULD BE FORCED TO UNDERGO THAT PROCEDURE OR ANY PROCEDURE! We were born with those parts and that is how they shold remain. This to me, might as well be in the same category as rape. Its really no diff. Its their bodies, they should have control of what happens to their bodies. How can a person be so wicked and disgusting to do this to a woman?! They need their own genitals cut off!
 

Glenda A. (1)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:13 pm
I think that all these men-the father, the man whom marries her, the man that performes the rite, should have all their male parts removed with only the ability to urinate through a straw.
 

Marta Away (55)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:37 pm
Today I can see the page... Finally I could read the new. Ah. The word "tradition"... This word hides a lot of times procedures of torture, usually suffered by female children, girls and women. The FGM, the feet bandage in China, the force-feeding procedures in Mauritania...

And all of them are performed to make the girls more "attractive" (how a mutilated and disfigured body can be attractive?) for their future "husbands"-owners.

Thanks, Naoko.
 

Gail T. (0)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:38 pm
This is so horrible, like all the other atrocities that take place in the name of religion. I am reading "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She fights for the rights of Muslim women and refuses to be silenced. An amazing woman.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 8:17 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Catrina Velez (46)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 11:18 pm
The circumcision is not being done in the name of religion, although it is more commonly tolerated under Islam. As far as I know, there is nothing in rthe Koran or the Bible either for or against it. But that small point would not stop men from using religion to impose this horror upon girls, or force unwilling daughters into unwanted, early marriages. The "operation" is usually done by other women! There are even professional circumcisers who go from village to village, making a living at this.One, a gypsy women from Cairo, was notorious all over Ethiopia during the 1960's.
 

Bracha Kay (31)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 4:21 am
So sad, thanks Naoko
 

Jan G. (2)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 6:52 am
Since it started turning away from its Creator, the world is going mad.
 

J J Gonzalez Ortiz (2)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 6:57 am
Well, I don't believe in a creator, but it's people without a proper education that do this.
 

Jan G. (2)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 7:28 am
Well, I happen to know Him personally. So the Creator does exist. He is very sad about the way things are getting messed up but refuses to interfere with the free will we have to make choices - usually the wrong ones.
 

Alan X. (0)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 8:27 am
Barbaric!
 

Lynn Marie M. (22)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 10:50 am
The "world" has been doing things like this since man has existed. Is there even such a thing as a "civilized society?
 

Thomas D. (12)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 10:26 pm
Noted, Thanks
 
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