Could the secret society perpetuating the harmful practiceof female genital cutting in Sierra Leone transform into a positive force for female agency and sisterhood? Mariama Kandeh imagines the possibilities.
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The day the rebels seized the large town of Goma, threatening to ignite more bloodshed and misery in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, I couldn’t stop pacing and shaking. Although I have no relatives there, my sisters…
When Mariama Kandeh was a young girl, she never questioned her parents or culture. But when she began to think more about female genital mutilation, she made up her mind: It was time to speak out against harmful traditional practices.