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; “Unleashing 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.
Like the first cries of a newborn,
It always squealed in the thick of the dark,
Sharp, piecing, distinct.
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
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 in-erasable mark
Embalmed in my tomorrow
I feel no pleasure
I am not sensual
I am half-woman