Did I Do Wrong?🤷🏽‍♀️
Mrs Akila said:
"My mother-in-law came over and instructed me to have my one-year-old daughter circumcised but I lied to her that #FGM had been done on her in the hospital.
But two years later, she came visiting again and found out that my daughter hadn't been
circumcised.
She screamed at her son (my husband) and told him that any wife, who can boldly lie to her mother-in-law, can easily cheat on the husband.
The next day, she wanted to take my daughter to be circumcised but I stood my ground and we began dragging my daughter, even as
she cried from pain.
My husband witnessed everything and was undecided on who to support; then he instructed me to let his mother take our daughter for the circumcision, that after all, all his sisters had FGM and nothing happened to them!
I was really mad at him but pleaded with
them to let my daughter have the #FGM the next day because I felt she was in pain from the dragging between I and my mother-in-law.
Before the break of dawn, I sneaked out of our home to a friend's home and from there travelled to South Africa three months later.
A lot of people
(even my family members) condemned me but I feel 'very good' - I was not going to risk my daughter's life for a senseless tradition! She's eight years old and I have no plan of returning to her father!

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