FGM Ban in Uganda Ignored

FGM implementsAccording to WHO, about 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone genital mutilation and more than three million girls are at risk of cutting each year. Andrew Masinde writes:

 Scovia Chelengat was born in Lomolyeywo cell, Bukwo district. She vividly recalls the excruciating pain she underwent as she was being ‘initiated into womanhood’. She tells her story with teary eyes, as the memories are still fresh. 

 “We were treated like cows in a slaughterhouse. We were forced to lie down, with our heads pressed hard on the ground and our mouths gagged to prevent us from shouting. I lost a lot of blood during the cultural ritual. I would never wish that experience on my child,” Chelengat says.

 “I do not enjoy sex. Whenever I attempt to have sex with my husband, I feel too much pain at the scar area,” she adds

At the age of 33, Chelengat has given up on sex. She separated bedrooms with her husband to give him a chance to get another woman.

 Chelengat has two children and has vowed not to have any others because during childbirth, the scar tears and she loses a lot of blood. 

 Like Chelengat, many Sabiny girls face a lot of problems after genital mutilation and they stay with this pain for the rest of their lives. The practice is meant to reduce a women’s desire for sex and in doing so, reduce the chance of sex outside marriage.

Read the rest: FGM Continues in Uganda Despite Ban  

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About Asma Marwan

The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death * There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her. The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed. In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.” Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?” “No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.” * from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996. Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh: Reprint, John Grant, page 239.