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We run an online and a Field Awareness Programme on #women issues #EndFGM #Endchildmarriage #Endbreastironing #Endvirginitytest #endviolenceagainstwomenandgirls
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Mar 29 6 tweets 2 min read
My #FGM Torture💔
"There Are Girls Who Killed Themselves On Their Wedding Night Because They Couldn't Stand The Pain Of Being Forcefully Penetrated By Their Husbands!"

Asha Ismail Recounts:
"I was five years old when my mother took me to Moyale, a small town in #Kenya where my Image grandmother was waiting for me.
I was very happy because suddenly, everyone was focused on me.
Something special was going to happen.
My mother bathed me and put a dress on me. They were waiting for me in the kitchen.
My mother, my grandmother and another woman grabbed me, took
Feb 28 4 tweets 2 min read
My #FGM Heartbreak
"I Still Remember My Playmate's Tears As She Bled To Death From FGM And No One Could Save Her!"

Mrs Nyima Recounts:
"I am from Gambia and was circumcised with nine other girls at the age of nine. We all knew each other because we used to play together. We were
excited, and we talked at length how lucky we were, going to a party. Of course, this was before we knew the horror that was to dawn on our innocent and tender genitals. We went in as ten girls but came out one less. One of our playmates died and we were told to never talk about
Mar 5, 2023 8 tweets 5 min read
My #FGM Confession🙏🏽
"I Circumcised Many Girls Because Many Men Reject Uncircumcised Girls And Often Return Them To Their Maiden Homes To Be Circumcised!"

Ms. Nkotito Oyie (58) Recalls:
“I started circumcising girls when I was 25 years of age. The job is well paying as I charged Sh2000 for every girl I circumcised. During high seasons like long holidays, I could cut up to 10 girls a day.
My skills were in high demand as it was a taboo to find a girl who is not circumcised in the Maa community.
Girls get circumcised as early as nine years because of the
Mar 4, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
"They Cut Off My Clitoris And Threw It To Chickens To Eat!"

Mrs Layla Recalls Hers:
"I had just passed my school exam; instead of rewarding me for my good grades, my family gave me a midwife, locked me in a room and surrounded me.
My grandma and two neighboring women were among the women who gathered around me that day.
Living in the village, like everyone else, we raised chickens at home. When this woman cut this part of my body, I was in pain and crying when I saw her threw my clitoris (soaked in blood) to the chickens, and they
Mar 3, 2023 6 tweets 4 min read
Just IN: Somali-Dane Indicted for Forcibly Circumcising And Selling His 12-Year-Old Daughter As Sex Slave In #Kenya And #Somalia!

#Denmark: A 44-year-old Somali-Dane has been indicted by a Danish court for selling his 12-year-old daughter into sexual slavery in Kenya and Somalia ImageImage and forcibly circumcising her.
The trial against the 44-year-old, who was arrested in January of 2022, began this week on Tuesday at a Danish court and is related to allegations that the man abused his daughter and his son in Africa between June 2017 and December 2021.
Mar 3, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
My Breasts Torture🔥
"At 12 Years Old, You Would Think I Was 70 Years Old Because Of My Breasts!"

Mrs Eileen Recalls Hers:
"I was 9 years old when my breasts began to show. Suddenly, my mom asked me to stop bathing in the river with my agemates. She became very worried and soon ImageImage told me that my breasts were growing too fast and would begin to attract boys and men.
Days later, she called me into her bedroom; I saw a stove with fire and a stone on her hand. She asked me to sit on a stool and then put the stone on fire. She used a thick cloth to pick the
Dec 3, 2022 7 tweets 5 min read
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
Nov 14, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
Just IN: Father Of 6-Month-Old Girl Subjected To #FGM To Remain In Custody💪🏽
#Kenyan: A couple who subjected their 6-month-old daughter to female genital mutilation in Leparua, Isiolo North, last week had rushed her to a local hospital with a severe fever before she was sent to ImageImage Isiolo Referral Hospital, where health workers discovered that she had been “cut”.
Ms Linda Kiruki, a clinical officer at Isiolo Referral who handled the case, said the #child had a deep wound and her genitals were covered with tea leaves to ostensibly reduce bleeding.
Nov 10, 2022 7 tweets 7 min read
#childabuse: A Nine-Year-Old Girl Set To Give Birth In #Zimbabwe 😭
Recall the painful death of 14-year-old Anna Machaya (in the pix) while giving birth in a #church shrine in July 2021, a 9-year-old #girl (Grade 3 Pupil) has been admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) as Image she is 33 weeks pregnant and expected to give birth by caesarean section this November.
She was just 8 when she fell pregnant, and is being monitored by a team of specialist doctors and nurses owing to the delicate nature of the pregnancy.
She has refused to give police the name
Oct 26, 2022 8 tweets 4 min read
#ICYMI: Lagos King Flees Community With Daughter To Save Her From #FGM 🙏🏽
#Nigeria: A Lagos State monarch in Ashasa kingdom of Agbowa, His Royal Highness, Adekoya Adeolu Olaonipekun has fled his community to escape attacks by armed hoodlums, who reportedly invaded his residence over his refusal to present his daughter for #FGM.
The monarch, who alleged threat to his life, disclosed that he lost his first child, Adekoya Grace Olushola, to the traditional rites when she was circumcised and later died of #tetanus infection at the age of 7.
Olushola died of
Oct 25, 2022 10 tweets 4 min read
#ICYMI: A Mother's Cry - Save Me, He's Been Beating me Because I Refused #FGM On Our Daughter!
#Nigeria: Naomi Jolly (an accountant at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital) has cried out to the police how her husband (a medical doctor) has been serially battering her over her refusal to circumcise their daughter.
She told police interrogators that when she was subjected to FGM, she almost bled to death years ago.
“It all started in December 2015 when I gave birth to my daughter, Amanda. After delivery, my husband asked me what I know about female
Oct 24, 2022 6 tweets 4 min read
Another Rough Journey🙏🏽
Also, in November 2018, our attention was called to a case of a 13-year-old girl (from Idoma, Benue State), resident in Lagos but was summoned for #FGM in Ogun State wherein a community of migrant-Benue people were resident.
Her people said, "If she's not ImageImage circumcised, she won't attend her parents' burial AND if she dies as an uncircumcised girl, her corpse would be thrown into a forest!
I set out for the trip with the amazing Barrister Yemi Adetiba @OluyemiOrija - the most kind lawyer in Nigeria🙌🏽 - she's the founder of @HeadfortF
Oct 24, 2022 7 tweets 5 min read
Our Story About The Money Wives!
Twitter was agog yesterday with news of a barbaric tradition called 'money wives' - many #Nigerians were shocked that this thing happens and poured encomium on the supposed 'exposer'.
I would have kept quiet but when some men started praising the ImageImageImageImage 'exposer' and calling out women for their failure (check image 2) not to expose this, I quickly opened up.
Between 2018 to 2020, we advocated against this and even travelled to Cross River (we raised money among ourselves - me, Franca and Desola) on more than ten times to meet
Aug 16, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
"My Genitals Were Sewn Up With Acacia Thorns (the image)!"
Malko Jama Recalls Hers:
""I was nine. A woman came to the house. They held me down and held my legs apart and she cut me with a razor and stitched me back up with acacia thorns.
She cut out the clitoris and the inner labia and then she cut out the flesh from the outer labia and sewed up the skin that was left.
Now they have a more modern way for stitching girls back up but at the time they used thorns like pins.
She cut out the clitoris and the inner labia and then she cut out
Aug 14, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
"My Baby Died Because Of FGM!"
Mrs C Foday Recalls Hers:
"I'm a Nigerian married to a Sierra Leonean man. I refused to be circumcised even in the face of being heavily threatened and publicly mocked by my husband's family and friends.
Then, I became pregnant and ImageImage in the process of delivery, some #women came to help me but when they opened my wrapper and saw my 'uncut private part', they washed their hands and abandoned me that I and the baby were #cursed!
I was in pain but they showed me no mercy and were about to leave the house when my
Jul 28, 2022 7 tweets 6 min read
"I Was Circumcised Twice Before The Age Of 16!"
Teliwel Diallo Recalls Hers:
"When I was eight years old, my mother told me that it was time for me to become a woman. She took me somewhere. I met other #Girls, some friends and girls from the neighboring village. It was a big #day. I didn’t know anything about excision. I was feeling happy inside. I did not know the consequences and pain of excision.
We were maybe one hundred girls. Everyone was waiting her turn. I could hear the cries of the #girl before me. I was frozen. I could not run
Jul 27, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
Just IN: After A Woman’s Death From #FGM, Court Frees Cutter On Bail🤦🏾
#SierraLeone: Magistrate Momoh Lanasana in Bonthe District has granted bail to a #woman accused of manslaughter after the death of a 21-year-old she subjected to FGM.
The Magistrate released the Sowei known as Sowo Sandy who is said to be in her 60s after the prosecution, for the second time, failed to bring forth their witnesses.
21-year-old Maseray Sei, a #mother of two, died in December 2021 a day after undergoing the procedure at the hands of the Sowei.
An autopsy report says she
Jul 18, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
My #FGM Heartbreak💔
"I Lost 2 Sisters To FGM!"
Halimatu Recalls Hers:
"I was born in #Liberia but due to the civil war, I was adopted by a Muslim couple from Sierra Leone when I was three years old.
I grew up there along with their three biological children.
My two elder sisters and I were taken to our aunt's place. My sisters were 16 and 14, and I was 13 at the time. My 16-year-old sister stood up and ran away but our #Mother was the one to chase her and bring her back in. She was the first one they cut; the second one was my middle sister. I didn't see
Jul 17, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
Agnes Pareyio Recalls Hers:
"I was 14 when my mom and grandma announced that I was going to have my clitoris, my labia majora and my labia minora cut out. They said that if I resisted I was a coward. In my culture, the worst thing you can be called is a coward. On the day I was mutilated, I was woken up at three in the morning and taken outside, naked, because the villagers believed that if I felt the morning breeze on my body it would cool me and I would bleed less. I saw that the object they would cut me with was not sharp. I was not
Jul 16, 2022 4 tweets 4 min read
My #FGM Heartbreak💔
"I Wanted To Kill Myself!"
Cecilia Ogore Recalls Hers:
"I was in my teen years when FGM was done to me; two women held my hands, one sat on my chest while the cutter squatted between my legs to circumcise me.
I felt a very sharp pain in my genitals; I cried ImageImage and bled a lot. I was confined to a room to recover because I wasn't #circumcised in the festive period.
You are expected to go out during festive periods and show that you are cut - that you are #mature!
As time progressed, I noticed that without knowledge, certain parts of my
Jul 8, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
Just IN: More than 100 #FGM Victims In #Liverpool Seen By #NHS Services Last Year🤦🏾
#uk: More than 100 victims of female genital mutilation were seen by NHS services in Liverpool in the year to March, new figures show.
NHS Digital figures show around 130 FGM #survivors in the NHS Liverpool CCG area were seen by health professionals in the year to March – up from roughly 90 the year before.
Of these, approximately 100 were having their injuries reported for the first time.
Only approximate numbers are recorded in the #data to prevent the identification of