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 Teachers open up about how FGM is affecting their girls, Hir-Shabelle State, Somalia  

By Adan Hussein,

At a meeting attended by some of the teachers of the Holy Quran and primary and secondary schools in Jowhar, the capital of Hir-Shabelle state, we focused on how to end female genital mutilation to save the future of the new generation of girls. We broadcast the conversation on radio.

All participants spoke in detail about the important roles needed to prevent female genital mutilation.

This is Mano Ruqiyo Hassan Gacal; she is one of the teachers at Makay Garare School in Jowhar.

Mano Ruqiyo Hassan
 "My daughter, who underwent FGM, was suffering from health problems after being trapped in her urine." Mano Ruqiyo Hassan Gacal, Hir-Shabelle state, Somalia Share on X   "My daughter has not been able to urinate for two days and she was suffering from menstrual cramps, which had a serious effect on her health." Mano Hassan, Hir-Shabelle state, Somalia. Update: Doctors at Jowhar Regional Hospital have… Share on X

Mano Hassan further told us that her husband had ordered the girl to be circumcised, which resulted in a dispute between Mano Hassan’s family. Finally, Teacher Mano Hassan called on all parents to stop female genital mutilation to protect girls from the dangers of female genital mutilation.

Abdirahman Abdullahi Dhuhul
 "Islam has warned against physical abuse and that female genital mutilation should also be stopped." Abdirahman Abdullahi Dhuhul, a teacher at the Koran schools in Jowhar Share on X   "My girl doesn't respect her father now, the circumcision killed the girl's nerves and caused the family to break up quickly." Teacher Abdirahman Abdullahi T Share on X

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) warned against the abuse of girls and the words of Prophet Muhammad (SCW) should be taken and the dignity and trust of girls should be protected so that the society becomes healthier.

Teacher Abdirahman Abdullahi, calls for teachers like him to take part in ending female genital mutilation.

Idiris Omar Ahmed
"Allah does not want any harm to His people as stated in Surah Al-Baqara in holy quran, so it is necessary to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) so that parents can avoid the health problems that girls may face if they are… Share on X

Saeed Bashir Tifow, a teacher at a language school, spoke about the health problems of female genital mutilation and said that there are three main causes of female genital mutilation:

Saeed Bashir Tifow
  1. Circumcision Causes Menstrual Cramps and Girl Problems
  2. During the wedding, the girl who is circumcised is bothered to meet her husband.
  3. During childbirth the girl bleeding which sometimes leads to death.

 “I Call For an End To Female Genital Mutilation To Have Healthy Girls.”

Saeed Bashir Tifow

Aziza Muktar is one of the Part Teachers Aziza Participated in the program Of Female Genital Mutilation Analysis.

Aziza Muktar
 "Many girls run away from home during the wedding because of circumcision, circumcised girls are very afraid of their husbands at the time of marriage." Aziza Muktar, Somalia  Share on X

Parents in general and mothers in particular, fear Allah and stop your ruthless female circumcision.

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.