"THE SLASH"- A tale of the mutilated one

Suzan
Posted February 6, 2020 from Nigeria
The cutting weapons
THE WEAPONS

The International day for Zero Tolerance to Female Gentile Mutilation is here again. Believe it or not this is a lingering issue being discussed with the ought most concern and drive. Shola Alunge, Director for CHILDCARE ADVOCACY INITIATIVE is one of the many talking and making ways to work against this gruesome act of female dehumanization. There can never be enough done or said about it. So, we continue to work and speak till it is no more. As we take note of the 2020 theme; â€œUnleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation." Please take a moment to connect to this short poem of deep reflection.

The screams...

Like the first cries of a newborn,

It always squealed in the thick of the dark,

Sharp, piecing, distinct.

The screams...

They became music to the ears

That fortnightly wait

A fearful wait for the glorified agony

A transition to translate

Pain to Prowess

Wail to Woman

Is it so?

Why the force?

A flesh of weakness dragged through

The square of sin

Monstrous creatures toying with delicate youths

The on slaughter of a long line of young urchins

Fresh blood made to face the dreaded hour

That scene of fire, chants, blood, tears

Oh.....the screams.....

A feeling never erased

A womanhood of present

Tampered and tortured

Like a tattoo, the scar of

the Jagged-edge slash never goes.

The product of blunt-sharpness.

The cut...

The in-erasable mark

Embalmed in my tomorrow

That cut...

I feel no pleasure

I am not sensual

I am half-woman

I say....

NO MORE.

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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maeann
Feb 06
Feb 06

I cannot imagine Suzan. How and Why. A question keeps me wondering. I feel sorry :( :( :( sad face

Suzan
Feb 06
Feb 06

Exactly. The mere thought is gruesome. We can never give up in this fight.

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Suzan,

I didn't know whether to love the article or not. Why I send love is because you share to keep the advocacy strong. No acceleration for such abominable acts would do until FGM is completely eradicated.
I sadly recently learned of a married woman subjected to that awful practise befeore he could take her to the USA, and she complied - I told myself at least she know her options, but what do those innocent girls know or what can they do?
You are a voice of the voiceless, please keep writing
In sisterhood
Marie

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Suzan,

I didn't know whether to love the article or not. Why I send love is because you share to keep the advocacy strong. No acceleration for such abominable acts would do until FGM is completely eradicated.
I sadly recently learned of a married woman subjected to that awful practise befeore he could take her to the USA, and she complied - I told myself at least she know her options, but what do those innocent girls know or what can they do?
You are a voice of the voiceless, please keep writing
In sisterhood
Marie

Suzan
Feb 07
Feb 07

Thank you so much Marie, believe me it gets worse. I Know a couple of married women whose sexual urges have diminished due to this Mutilation. It's a life time punishment to womanhood. We can't stop talking.

Beth Lacey
Feb 07
Feb 07

This fight needs to continue until this evil practice is eradicated

Suzan
Feb 07
Feb 07

Absolutely! It's a recurring battle until innocent girls are allowed to appreciate their puberty and womanhood.

ANNITA
Feb 07
Feb 07

It's so heart breaking and damaging to humanity. Thanks Suzan for sharing, we need to keep fighting against this babaric act and kick it out of our communities. I can imagine the pain, the bleeding which can sometimes lead to death and the vulnerability and exposure to sexually transmissible diseases.
This act most be kicked off our community.

Suzan
Feb 07
Feb 07

Yes! This is exactly the kind of passion we need to push for this movement. Thanks so much sister.

Ekitah
Feb 08
Feb 08

Hi Susan!
We have to stand strong and keep fighting against FGM. Its not easy but we know standing against and making our voices heard will go a long way. Thanks for sharing.

Suzan
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you sister. We have all it takes to fight for what we know is right as sisters.

laison sylvie
Feb 09
Feb 09

What a gruesome act of in humanity. We shall intensify our voices against this. A sensational poem sister.

Suzan
Feb 09
Feb 09

Thank you so much. Our voices will continue to break all stigmas sister.

laison sylvie
Feb 09
Feb 09

Definitely. I stand with you.

Akshaya9
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Suzan,
Thank you for sharing this. I hope this should be stop, we continue raising our voice until they can hear . This is a barbaric act and shouldn't exist in this world.

Have a nice day dear

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