Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is defined as “the partial or total removal of the female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” In many countries around the world, FGM remains a persistent practice. The “benefits” of this practice include, but not limited to: virginity (remaining “pure” before marriage) and reduce the urge to commit “illicit” sexual acts. Studies upon studies prove that FGM can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), death, infertility, and other long-term health complications. Despite research and programs aimed to end FGM; the practice of FGM continues. Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja is a must read. A true-life story of FGM and survival… a story I will never forget.
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Do They Hear You When You Cry available on Amazon or your local library.
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