February 5, 2016

I Performed FGM for 30 Years. Now I'm Committed To Ending It

Mariam Damba Mariam Damba

As my mother was an excisor, it was inevitable I would become one, too. I worked as an excisor for almost 30 years -- every year, I would excise over 50 girls across 7 villages in our county. The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.

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