3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year, worldwide.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates a girl's human rights. It also breaks Kenyan law. And yet, over 90% of Maasai girls will undergo FGM between the ages of 11 and 14.
What is FGM?
Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), is traditionally a crucial part of the Maasai girl’s rite of passage to womanhood.
Maasai girls typically celebrate their rite of passage between the ages of 11 and 14. A traditional female circumciser performs the FGM procedure, and a paste made from cow dung and milk fat is then applied to the cut to stop the bleeding.
Immediate risks include severe bleeding, infection, HIV transmission and death. Long-term effects include chronic infections of the reproductive parts, pain during sexual intercourse, and difficulties in childbirth that can lead to stillbirths.
Let's put an end to this.
Naboye had to run away from home to escape FGM.
Naboye grew up like so many Maasai girls, a victim and prisoner of extreme poverty and tradition. She went to school for a while, but domestic chores kept her home from school too often, and she eventually dropped out.
Because of the dowry she would bring, her brother decided she should undergo FGM in preparation for marriage. She was forced to flee from her home to save herself.
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Every day, Maasai girls face the same predicament as Naboye, but most don't dare to brave the dangers and social shunning involved in running away.
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