Embrace, encourage and support anti-female genital mutilation warriors

About a week ago, a sad and sickening occurrence was brought before a group of members of the Association of Media Women in Kenya by a distraught colleague. She was inviting fellow women journalists to help her to “digest” and possibly deal with the disgusting situation reported to her by a relative.


Desperate family members of a young woman who had been battling mental health issues decided to seek help from a clergyman, described as a prophet. The “prophet” then decreed that the 31-year-old from Nakuru County be circumcised. This had to be done, claimed the “prophet”, to appease the Gikuyu “gods”, who were “unhappy” because some “critical traditional practices” had been ignored.

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Njeri Rugene


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