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Curbing The Menace Of Female Genital Mutilation

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In what seems a prevalent ordeal for women in Africa, the story of genital mutilation among female children and its stoppage is still farfetched. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an awkward cultural practice by some African tribes performed on women with hope to curtail their high sexual urge, and to keep them to one man husband.

Much as this barbaric act is frowned at by medical and sex experts globally, some Africans, rooted deep in their cultural belief seem not to yield to the demand of World Health Organization’s call for stoppage.

In Nigeria for example, the spiritual attachment to it by the practitioners has made it impossible to eliminate, while some traditionalists believe that it will bring loss of cultural identity. Not even the efforts of human rights activists in the country. The traditional practitioners are adamant in keeping to their so called heritage.

The practice has the highest prevalence in the South-South, South-East and South-West of the country, and practiced on a lower scale in the northern states

For some women in these areas, it turns out a helpless situation especially when families decide the fate of their grandchildren. We caught up with one Kingston Ezebunwa, whose family suffered similar fate after repeated attack by family had travelled out of the country.

According to him, the trouble started when his wife refused to take their daughter to the village for circumcision. My wife and the kids fled the country because my daughter was meant to go through a dehumanising act.

A resident of Etinan community in Akwa Ibom State, (South-South) who only wants to be known by her first name, Imifong, said she was circumcised by her grandmother when she was a child. She said the practice was still ongoing and that it is a good practice because it prevents women from promiscuity.

In my case, I was circumcised by my grandmother when I was small, till date the tradition is still going on. How they do it is that they will use boiled egg to touch the female genital organ and then it will come out by itself. When it comes out, they will then use scissors or razor to cut it, and they know the normal size to cut. And until the woman dies, it won’t ever grow again and it will be normal and in normal position,” she said. In a stack contrast, Imifong encouraged people to continue with the practice saying her husband likes it.

 

–Udoka Esq wrote from Abuja





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