My #FGM Horror💔
"My Leg Was Dislocated During FGM; I Now Limp!"
Nastehe Abubakar Recalls It:
"I was led to the bush first before my colleagues were taken there; I thought I was just going for a short tour when my mother led me into a hut. Suddenly, a group of #women wrestled me
to the ground and tore my clothes.
As I struggled to escape from their grip, some pulled my legs apart while the others held my arms down. My mom abandoned me in the hands of the women.
My leg was dislocated in the struggle as they went ahead to have their way, the blade piercing
sharply through my flesh, leaving me in excruciating pain.
After the cut, they didn't bother to check whether I got other injuries but instead bound my legs together with a rope to the waist after sewing my wounds.
For almost a month, I was bound to my waist and slept on my side;
a stick tied to a string is what was made available for me to pull whenever I needed anything.
I couldn't stand to relieve myself lest I interfered with the operation, prompting a fresh procedure.
I therefore attended to the call of nature where I slept and then, sprinkled myself
with water.
Later, the traditional surgeon accompanied with other women, came to inspect the wounds. I had healed and was recommended for discharge.
When I stood up, however, I felt a sharp pain on my left joint and fell down.
My mother was summoned; she tried to help me up but I
was unable to walk.
They recommended that I be checked at the Coast General Hospital where I underwent a scan.
The scan showed that I had a bone fracture that required an expensive operation.
Unable to afford it, my family took me home where I had to learn how to walk using
sticks, eventually managing to move without them.
My posture and walking stature have, however, remained unstable.
My limp is an everyday reminder of how horrible #FGM is.

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