No to female genital mutilation

Mercy Vernyuy Munyuy
Posted February 6, 2020 from Cameroon

Today is the International day against female genital mutilation. Knowing that I raise my voice for girls a friend sent me this poem today. I found the need to share.

Touch not my Treasure

In the image of God I was made In your image you made me  You deformed what has been formed You denatured  what was natural You made a cheetah a snail You embittered my sweet existence You touched my Anointed gift  You harmed my Sacred parcel You edited the God’s PDF You said it was for my good No ! It was for your selfishness It was because you were careless You failed to counsel me You could not caution me I could have obeyed your rules I could have been a good girl You chose to act and not talk You chose to harm me A medical doctor you became A quack  you were Surgery so abusive so unwanted No anesthesia so painful! My cry so loud you buried! My tears so hot you dried! My silence so loud you ignored Blades, scissors , knives so sharp!  Very sharp ooh unsterilized Foreign bodies you brought Like parasites they fed  Hours ,days years were buried You said you saved me from a tsunami No ! you fed me to the shark Today I weep ,wail and sob So distant you are from me Half a woman  I have become An island in the midst of seas My tears drown my womanhood Joy and I signed our divorce Sadness my concubine now The wounds  so deep Images so fresh and real My treasure is hurt  My heart is dark My future is bleak My life is mutilated I don’t know if I’m a woman or not I wish it was a dream Touch not my sisters  Let be me the sacrificial lamb Let others live not what I live Drop the knives, break the blades, throw the scissors.

Tatah Allen

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Tarke Edith
Feb 06
Feb 06

Hello sister Mercy
Thanks for sharing Alen' s poem with us.
It is really true that we join together to fight this issue of FGM dear.

Mercy Vernyuy Munyuy

It's so important that we stand against FGM sister.Thanks oh sis

Elizabeth Ziro
Feb 07
Feb 07

A true voice for the voiceless. Thanks for sharing

ANNITA
Feb 07
Feb 07

Woooow thanks Sister Mercy for sharing this poem. Female genital mutilation is something we must fight against and kick out of our communities. We need to educate those still into such practices on the health damages of their children.

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 07
Feb 07

Oh sister Marie thank you for sharing that story. Just today I saw a post on the internet by one female activist NORA BROWN . and she said IF I WAKE UP ONE DSY AND DONT FIND MY CLITORIS. I WILL START WW 3. this is just to express the pains women go through when mutilated. The pain is traumatic ,both physical and emotional. Teach the girls about sex and they will be cautious not to have unwanted pregnancies rather than maim them. Let's say NO TO # BARBARISM#

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 07
Feb 07

Sis thanks for sharing it pains so much to be deprived of your honey pot. On female mutilation it hurts when I read the poem I felt the poets pain so much and while browsing on Facebook I saw this If I grew up and didn't find MY CLITORIS, I should have started world war 4

#NoToGenitalMutilation
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Anita Shrestha
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing such a piece. Very very heart touching story. We know this situation of that place. May all women be free.

Felicitas Wung
Feb 08
Feb 08

Oh what a touching one sister Mercy. It touches my heart so much.
Thank you for sharing the poem "Touch not my treasure with us"

Kabahenda
Feb 08
Feb 08

Sister Mercy,

Thanks for sharing this touching poem that succinctly expresses the pain of a mutilated women.
I would encourage you to share this poem widely, with other young women, churches, mosques, hospitals, teachers, important members of your community, women leaders. etc. etc.
This is a pain worthy sharing and it is important for other people to know what an awful thing it is.

Mercy Vernyuy Munyuy

Dear sister Kabahenda.
I am happy you love this poem .as women ,we can raise our voices to rescue our sisters from such painful acts

Myra Tambor
Feb 09
Feb 09

I feel the pain and the courage. lets keep fighting for this. hugs!