fight against FGM has been the biggest battle of my life!

Farxaan Adm
Posted December 17, 2019 from Somalia

Adna Aden Ismail was born in Hargaisa on 8 September in 1937. She was one the five children to born to her mother. Her father was a doctor.These five children, as mentioned two of them passed away at the time of delivery. When she was eight old, she underwent FGM which arranged by her mother and grandmother while her father was out of town for business trip. When he returned, he was so angry to them. Adna grew up, she trained as nurse and midwife  in the United Kingdom, Borough Polytechnic to prevent other women from the FGM.   Edna worked her way up the ladder of the civil service in what was then Somalia, becoming the first female director of the Ministry of Health. One of her quote says:“The fight against FGM has been the biggest battle of my life…  and every moment of my life has been a battle. In 1980 Edna Adan began building a hospital in Somalia's capital of Mogdisho but was forced to leave the country due to the Somali Civil War in 1981. She returned to British Somaliland where she started her Maternity Hospital again in 2002. Edna Maternity Hospital currently works Hargaisa, Somaliland.  Her hospital produced and trained Thousands of Women. She is heroine. She campains to stop FMG. She won 95 Percent.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Hello, dear Farxaan,

Thank you for featuring Adna Aden and her impressive work to fight against FMG! How do women in Somalia honor her for her acts of courage? Why did you say she won 95%?

Farxaan Adm
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Hello, dear karen
The other 5% done the other Somali doctors. Now in my country peopĺe totally stop FMG! At the beginning it was traditional culture. But now, people well educated nd left that!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

This is great progress for Somalia! I'm so happy to hear this news. I hope other nations who (secretly or openly) practice FMG will follow suit. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Anita Shrestha
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Zohra Elias
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Hello Farxaan,

What an impressive work that Adna Aden Ismail have done yet in sake of FGM in Somalia,

Hat off to her!

Thank you for highlighting her.
Please keep posting more often.

Regards,

Farxaan Adm
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Dear Zahra
Thank u for ur encouragement!

Zohra Elias
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

You are welcome!

Lisbeth
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Hi Farxaan,
She is such a role model to have and thanks for reminding and educating us about her .
So the 5% still practice FGM in your Country? There carried it in secret?
Thanks for sharing and hope to hear more from you.
Take care
:-)

Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hello Farxaan,

How are you? Thanks for sharing Adna's inspiring story. It is indeed a huge milestone. Do you know Adna?

Hope you're doing well and having a great day and week:-)

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Farxaan,
Thank you so much for your post. I wish many communities could follow this precedent and put an end to this barbaric FGM. We thank Adna Aden for being brave and standing her ground on this one and making sure that people are educated on this bad practice.
Thank you for sharing and have a blessed and prosperous 2020.