Female genital mutilation in Kenya involves cutting off the clitoris and external genitalia, then stitching the vagina to lessen a woman’s sexual urge. Sharp objects such as broken glass, razor, and scissors are mostly used in cutting off the clitoris. More unbelievably, more than a quarter of Kenyan women had gone through this very ordeal.
The images you are about to view depicts tearful frightened young girls that are queued up before the villagers in Kenya to go through female genital mutilation. While the women express their huge support by coming together to sing and dance, the girls wrapped in animal skin shawls spend the night huddled around a fire in a building covered with straw.According to the mother of one of the girls, the pains they undergo give them strength to prove to the whole community that they can endure a lot. The girls are covered with white paint and they squat over a stone after circumcision, with their parents standing very close to them gazing with proud eyes.
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According to the U.N.’s Children’s Fund, UNICEF, over 125 million women have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where circumcision is practiced. To UNICEF, female circumcision is “a violation of the human rights of girls and women”. This led to their great move towards the eradication of the unpleasant practice. Despite being banned three years ago and making the harsh practice illegal in, many countries particularly African tribes like Kenya that regards traditions highly still practice it. Kenyans see the female circumcision ceremony is as an event that marks the transition of little girls from childhood to womanhood. Hence, it is commonly done to indicate that they have reached the stage of getting married like every other woman.
However, the atrocious practice which can be intensely painful can also come out horrendously wrong, thus leading to hemorrhage, shock and complications in childbirth is yet to phase-out. Even though Kenyan law provides for life imprisonment when a young girl dies because of this ill practice it is still carried out in remote areas of Kenya. The big question is, can this practice be completely removed considering the fact that it has been a “forever practice”? Note that the images below depicting the circumcision of four teenage girls from the Pokot tribe, in Baringo County were captured by Reuters photographer Siegfried Modola. Scroll down to see the fearful images of how girls are being circumcised.
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Image courtesy of REUTERS
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