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Enough is Enough Religious Scholar and Medical Professionals Speak Out on Radio To End FGM, Somali Region, Ethiopia

By Ubah Jamal Mohamed,

Ubah Jamal Mohamed is a Journalist working for Jijiga FM Radio and a journalist by trained Global Media Campaign for the last two years to do the best the media campaigns. Ubah is a media campaigner who is interested in ending FGM and eradicating harmful traditional practices in the Somali region.

Media Reach:

The air of FM Jigjiga reaches the provinces or zones like 11 districts of Fafan zone, 10 districts of Jarar Zone, Nogob zone, and some more other districts in the Somali Region.

The Project of 16 days of Activism:

To continue our fight against female genital mutilation, I participated in a local radio program with local doctors and scholars. In this programme we focus on the health problems caused by female genital mutilation (FGM).
Because the Somali community in the region particularly young girls and mothers need to repeatedly know more about the problems of FGM and how it is a big issue in conducting this crime to the young girls which can not be continued and tolerated more than this because enough is enough and this action needs to be finalized with the knowledge of negative health impacts of FGM in collaboration with the local community in the region.

Sheikh Abdulahi Farah (Makhluq)

Religious scholar from SRS Islamic Affairs council in the Somali region.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is one of the most common forms of violence against girls, especially adolescents.
Most scholars believe that it came from Egypt, especially during the pharaonic period as the name implies. Its purpose was to control female fertility.

After Pharaoh, the ignorant community of the pagans adopted this act saying that it would play a major role in the protection of the girls. So far this idea has become a cultural norm and the uncircumcised woman is considered unclean.

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Dr. Abdirahmaan Aden Ali

Medical Doctor (SSHYRH)

There are many problems for a person who suffers from female genital mutilation.
We divide the injuries and impacts into 2 categories

  1. Physical and
  2. Mental Health

The physical:

  1. Injury to the genitals.
  2. Menstruation is a problem for a person who has been subjected to FGM
  3. Open delivery times,
  4. Childbirth is very difficult
  5. Her feelings especially her cravings and sexual desires are decreasing or disappearing

These mental health:

  1. The person faints most of the time
  2. Earthquake and shock
  3. Fear
  4. Stress.
    We must all work together to end this man-made tragedy that is taking its toll on our young girls every morning.

Faysa Ismail

The midwife from Suldan Sheikh Hassan Yabare referral Hospital.

Circumcision is a man-made problem that starts with women, the doers are women, the victims are women, and the future impacts will be women.
So, there are many women with female genital mutilation (FGM) who are brought to the hospitals every day, especially during childbirth. Such cases are 50% safe during childbirth. While uncircumcised women are 100% safe.
Some circumcised girls die of infertility, some unsaved children die on their own, and some go hand in hand.
This is compounded by the mental health problems that most Drs. Narrated and they are:

Living with anxiety
Physical illness and mental illness.
Fear of marriage in general and other problems.
Finally, I would like to say let us unite to fight and stand up to this harassment of young girls and let the community know about such a problematic tradition.

Dr. Muse Mohamed

Medical doctor

The impacts of female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls have been described by previous health experts and Sheikh Abdulahi.
But I would like to add that female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced in a way that is unacceptable to girls.
Now let’s look at what happens when a girl is circumcised. Female genital mutilation (FGM) requires the cutting of the upper cervix on both sides, the girl’s legs are wrapped around her genitals to heal. Then forty days later, the rope is opened to make sure the cut genital is completely tight.

-That is how our women have removed their genitals that God has made for it.
The girl who was done like that faces in her life hatred and enmity. Since she can’ have proper sex with her husband as natural as she would also she loses the pleasure of having the right sex.

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Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.