When she was only eight years old, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete and her sister ran away from home at 4 AM and hid in a tree to escape ritualised female genital mutilation. She and her sister received lots of punishment and beatings for trying to avoid the ritual. Eventually, her sister gave up and got the cut - for Nice to escape it. The next day she went to her grandfather, a Maasai elder, and convinced him that the cut was not a necessity. He listened, and allowed Nice to continue going to school.
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