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I survived Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

By Fatema Kabira
I recently brought up this issue with my Bohra friends. I genuinely wanted to know their opinions on FGM without influencing them with mine. I was extremely disheartened to realize that most of them support FGM, despite not having any concrete reasons. I tried explaining to them that there were no benefits to the procedure, only damage done to girls too young to speak or fight for themselves. But they sounded convinced with this practice.

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Female Genital Cutting: A Continuing Tradition

By Mariya Taher
Upon initial research, I found that reports on FGC within the US only included immigrant women from African countries where the practice was widely known to occur. Excluded from statistics were women like me, born in the US, growing up in a community whose origins were from Asia and knew FGC to be an important tradition. A few qualitative studies, depicting the stories of American women, who had knowledge of the practice within this country, existed.

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If Allah sent us whole why should we cut for the sake of God?

By Saleha Paatwala
At that age, who has ever considered going through such an agony in the most intimate area that no youngster would even like anybody to see or touch? I didn’t really see the amount of blood that had gushed out because I had no courage to. Only after I reached home and went to pee, I saw the cotton and figured it out. I couldn’t urinate properly for three days as it hurt me to an unbearable degree.

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Just a Slice of Skin

By Mariya Taher & Aarefa Johari
I, Mariya Taher, and I, Aarefa Johari, at the age of seven, went through the Dawoodi Bohra tradition called khatna, known to the rest of the world as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC).

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