35 pupils turn school into their home to evade the cut

Tangulbei Day and Boarding Primary School in Tiaty is not your ordinary kind of institution. Besides executing its core function of imparting knowledge and life skills to learners, the school also shelters 35 girls who have made it their refuge. The pupils, who hail from different parts of Tiaty sub-county, escaped their homes for fear of being circumcised.

Their fears are well-founded because female genital mutilation is still rampant in the region with parents forcing their daughters to undergo the rite. While at the school, the girls are under the care of head teacher Musa Terter who told The Standard that the minors, aged between 12 and 13, sought refuge at the institution since they had nowhere else to turn to.

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