I explained and told my daughters about menstruation matters, because I was not told about it.

Susu Mohamed
Posted May 30, 2021 from Somalia

               I explained and told my daughters about menstruation matters, because I was not told about it.

It was difficult time according to those days I was 12 when my father was died and killed in mogadisho town he was UN staff humanitarian worker humble person we were12 a boy was older than me I was the second person in my  Family when died  my father we became poor orphans’ no one was helped us My mother started trying to caring us the second year i became 13 years old my mother was told that her mother was very ill my grandmother gave birth to only my mother no condition to stop my mother her departure,1996 traveled my mother my grandmother lived in Ethiopia as we are neighbor Ethiopia and somali at that time there was no airplane the people are using to travel by car the car journey takes months  no modern technology that making it easier for you to communicate any missing person My mother has been away for a year and I have turned 14-  03-07-1997.     

I am in the eighth grade I went my class 8:am morning when the second teacher came in to the class I felt like I was sitting something flowing from under me before four days I felt sick but did not know in this case of period but my circumcision was cut off from my body It was a lot of trouble to get out of it because my circumcision was bad. somalis at that time the girls were circumcised according to the old somali culture. the somali people have a lot of respect for the old traditions, which are  80% very bad these include early marriage practices, female genital mutilation, discrimination etc.

The third session is over its break time we have thirty minute to drink and eat, I tried to find out what is going under me I went school’s toilet I saw my bloody clothes and that I am bleeding I was shocked and cried, seen in the blood of the students The students were talking to me and I was in a difficult situation I was very shy person I felt high fever I went at home slept in my bed my name was not 

susu at school after period they called me the bloody girl when I came our home I told my situation my aunt she told me and clarified ministration period I was using my old cloth instead of pads for low cost of our family. My mom was out around one year when she comes back I told my story about what had happened to me, she was very upset. When I finished my university I get started working humanitarian organization in Somalia the people who works organization was killing immediately that time A lot of people working humanitarian was killed including my father my mother told me to stop working humanitarian in 1992 after the war big drought has happened to Somalia million people have died for hungry was rescued by the whole world led by United states when assisted they killed the people who comes to the aid and helping our peoples. Said my mother.  I sacrificed myself to the community I knew as long as I was honest I would win in any situation that we are.

I decided to created Nonprofit Organization that advocates women and girls and promoted of the women's rights and the advancement of girls' education, ending FMG and GBV. Distribution of Sanitary pads to schoolgirls to encourage and continue leaning. I was inspired by the creation of this NGO a lot of young girls need supporting and informing menstruation matters most our vulnerable community they can’t maintain hygiene and sanitation of menstruation matters less of cost; I enjoy it when we distribute to little girl’s sanitary pads because most of them they can’t buy it as I was before 24 years.  now I am a mom have five children my oldest daughter is 13 years old I have informed already and clarified Menstruation period I said the period is gold for me and for you and all women worldwide, she would be happy to see it now.

 Help your daughters show it its new forms of hygiene or cleansing itself like rubbing perfumes, bras, and what to do when it starts her menstrual cycle.

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Jill Langhus
May 31
May 31

Hello Dear, Susu,

How are you doing, lovely? Thanks for sharing your vulnerable experience, dear. I'm sorry to hear about your FGM. I hope it isn't still causing challenges for you.

You're doing important, impactful work. Please keep it up:-)

XX

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

Lovely jill,
I am doing fine, before the births the children i felt challenges but now i am very well.
thanks sister Jill langhus
suu

Jill Langhus
Jun 02
Jun 02

Good to hear, Lovely. Oh, I'm very glad to hear that.

You're welcome.

Hope you have a good, safe week, dear.

XX

Beth Lacey
May 31
May 31

You are so wise to make sure your daughters understand and know they are valued.

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

Hi beth
thanks sister beth for encouraging us always
regards,
suu

Queen Sheba D Cisse
May 31
May 31

As Salaam alaykum my dear, Suad.
It is very important to stay focus and keep a positive inspiration for your girls as you have done. What was available today in resources of education and opportunity was not back then in the days of our mothers and grandmothers in Africa and yes we still have concerns here regarding women and girls here in the good ole states of USA regardless of what the media portrays but we as a group have come a long way and we women must have this unity globally.
Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing,
Mama Queen

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

Wa'alaykuma salaam,
Dear Mama Queen
thanks you sister Mama Queen
Regards,suu

CHIN PATIENCE
Jun 01
Jun 01

Wow the story is so touching and thank God you learnt a lesson already I pray everyone reading your story should educate their kids on ministration to avoid embarrassment

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

Hello sister Chine,
thank you for praying.
regards,
suu

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Jun 02
Jun 02

Al hamdulilah, Amin, your surely welcome my dear,
all the best to you and the family,
Wa Salaam,
Mama Queen

Mahima Rathore
Jun 01
Jun 01

Hello susu
hope you are doing good
your story is very encouraging.
still menstruation talks are taboo in many societies.

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

Hi sister Mahima,
thanks for reading my story
Regards,
suu

Nini Mappo
Jun 02
Jun 02

Oh Susu that is such a sad experience:/ I am so glad that you are changing the narrative for your daughters. Good on you for making a difference to the young girls Susu. You are a caring force of change to this generation and the next generation. Rock on!

Susu Mohamed
Jun 02
Jun 02

hi sister Nini,
thank you Dear for encouragement.
regard,
suu

Adanna
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing dear Susu.

I'm glad you are educating your daughters (early on) about menstruation.

Love,
Adanna

Susu Mohamed
Jun 08
Jun 08

Dear Adnna,,,
thank you for giving time reading my story .
much love,
suu

jomarieb.earth
Jun 07
Jun 07

Dear Susu,
Through your challenges and difficulties, you have changed the lives of the women of the future. Women inside and outside of your life circle. You shine your bright light everywhere in every way you can. You deserve awards, but I'm sure the feeling you get by doing all that you do is a major reward. Bravo sister!
Hugs...JoMarie

Susu Mohamed
Jun 08
Jun 08

Dear Jomarieb,
how are you dear "You made my day "thank you I have a sister to be proud her she is JOMARIEB.
Much Love
suu

valem
Jul 07
Jul 07

Hello sister Susu
sorry to hear that there are things you are not told during your development, congratulations for removing the darkness for your daughter you are a good mother

Susu Mohamed
Jul 07
Jul 07

Hello sister valem,
Thank you sister.