A Right of passage #FGM.

She wears the scars of the divine

They think she’ll forget given time.

that she’ll bow to the pain

And pray in his name.

But she won’t, instead,

she will cry in her bed

For God, on a mission,

Or ancient tradition.

The girls In her tribe

Just frown.

At the stain they see

On her gown.

The heat in her face as

Infection slots In place.

Death is often the way.

Not saved from the cut,

Like a kick in the gut,

Her Mother held

Her hand that day.

It happens In a home

Just like yours,

carried-out behind

Closed house doors.

When blood seeps

through the cracks,

it’s covered with a mat

Never to be mentioned

Again.

I didn’t think it could be,

Because I was too blind to see.

Not in a house that’s

Next door to me.

The piece below was taken directly from Feb 2017 ITV news.

A case of female genital mutilation (FGM) is either discovered or treated in England every hour, according to the analysis of NHS statistics by a charity.

Between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 8,656 times when women or girls attended doctors’ surgeries or hospitals and the problem was assessed – the equivalent of one every 61 minutes.

Did you know this barbarity was so prevalent in the UK?

Can ordinary people like me, with art, stories and poems be heard … make a difference?

Any acknowledgement or comment on this will be responded to with honesty and speed.

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34 thoughts on “A Right of passage #FGM.

  1. I hope that with powerful poetry like yours and other people writing that you can indeed do something by raising awareness.
    Those statistics are staggering. I don’t know that it can be legislated against I think a change in attitude has to come from within the tribe, from religious leaders and probably also from the men.

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  2. I first saw this savagely cruel act in the movie I watched long time ago and I shed beads of tears when it had to be done too without numbing the area by some primitive women as the victims give out loud painful cries with no one to rescue. I saw how traumatic they were and knew at such a young age that it should be stopped. But then, some people have been glued to such practice even when they have received some sort of education and talks to about the inhumanity of such. The big surprise is seeing a well read and civilised person supporting such. Thanks for sharing this to remind those of us who have forgotten about its existence to know it still exists and to join in creating the awareness. I hope it reaches those in position to irradicate it.

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  3. I have known about this for a long time and I think the woolly-minded well-meaning attitude of administrations and local governments has been instrumental in letting it continue. Like the unsatisfactory wives held over the gas rings, to burn to death, the children kept veiled and segregated, the polygamy, the women who are never allowed out without a male accompanying them. It was like that in the UK in the 1990s and it was the same ten years ago, last time I visited. If it’s still going on it’s because the attitude of ‘tolerance’ of nasty unacceptable practices in the interest of community relations hasn’t changed. Notice how it’s always women who are the victims? Women still don’t count. Immigrant women don’t vote, so they’re worth even less.

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    • The difference for me is, a child can’t walk away, she trusts the people doing this, she has no chance, no choice and no voice. I was ignorant to it happening here.
      The things you speak of are awful, horrendous and never should be tollerated. As a country we are at least trying to offer battered abused wives some assistance, choices, we are behind them and husbands will feel the wrath of the law if they are caught. There are some being helped, not enough, it is hard to police and educate for hidden atrocities . Butwith FGM we turn a blind eye to this, don’t even try, close our eyes and look away. Like an infant ‘if I cover my eyes I won’t be seen.”

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      • We have the same problem here. It’s very common in black African countries and there was a big outcry a couple of years ago when it was brought to light that there were hospital doctors performing the ‘operation’ so that families could salve their consciences by having the mutilation done by a professional. The arguement was that it was safer. The result was that it was stopped. Girls and women are coming forward to denounce it, but there is a tolerance here too for tribal practices in the live and let live attitude, but as you say, it isn’t the men who are being mutilated, it’s the weakest members who often daren’t speak out or object.

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