Risking her marriage to protect her daughter from FGM

Halima Abdi remembers as if it was yesterday the day she learnt her mother-in-law had circumcised her two daughters without her consent.

“I had gone to Nairobi to see a friend. There were no cell phones then. Just the red Teleposta phone booths. When l called home to tell them that l had arrived safely in Nairobi, l got the shock of my life when my mother-in-law told me that my daughters had been cut that morning!

“I was crushed because I had no intention of circumcising my daughters especially after one of my friends developed a childbirth injury known as fistula. I made a vow that if I gave birth to another daughter she would not go through the cut.”

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