“Some people here say it’s to keep a girl from becoming promiscuous. Some say it’s because of religion. Others say it’s neither, and they wouldn’t even do it if they had a choice, but if you try to marry off a daughter who’s not “cut,” you’ll never get any camels for her.
“Cutting” is the polite shorthand for what is known in Somali as gudniin (literally, circumcision). International advocacy groups talk about this as “female genital mutilation,” or FGM, but Dhegacaade uses the medical term, “infibulation.”
This article from Jina Moore of BuzzFeed is about two amazing people who are fighting against the circumcision of young girls in Somalia. It is a tradition that causes so many issues, but the issues are either ignored or disregarded, but Dr. Abdul “Dhegacaade” Giama and Mama Hawa Aden are relentless in ensuring conversations are being had and people are being educated about the procedure and its lasting effects on the young girls once they become women. I could not read such an article and not share it here. Around the world young girls voices are being silenced and these two amazing people are literally putting their lives at risk to stop a tradition that is not easy. God bless them for their diligent work and I pray this article opens your eyes just like it did mine.
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