According 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.
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