Female Genital mutilation, (FGM) is the removal of external parts of the genital organs. This act can cause injury and too much bleeding if not conducted with a lot of care and caution.
Traditionally this practice was more common than it is these days due to civilization and awareness that has been created among the communities. It is commonly practiced among the Muslim communities that is the Somali ,Borana and it’s also practiced in Maasai ,Meru,Samburu and the kisii communities.
Equipments that were commonly used include; sicciors, lazor, knife etc. It was conducted on girls between the age of 9 to 15 years and it was done during the holidays and mostly at night. This practice was a preparation for marriage since most girls where married off after the initiation ritual.
Different communities had their own way of doing it according to the their beliefs and traditions.
In recent days there’s still communities that still hold on to the initiation ceremonies. Even though there’s a morden way of doing it by medical experts using morden equipments like scapels, this has helped in controlling the cases of death,, but this doesn’t justify that female Genital mutilation is good.
The communities involved should be educated and more awareness created so that girls should be saved from death and premature marriage.
Article By Sarah Monari