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The mother of an FGM survivor shares her regrets on the radio in Abuja, Nigeria 

By Daniel Tamiyi Zamani,

Our activity took place at Kurudu/Azhata Community Abuja Nigeria, where I hosted Miss Gbagyi Nigeria with her Entourage, talking on the subject of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

We had few large audiences, despite the rainfall that took most of them to farm, I was delighted that Miss Gbagyi Nigeria and I Shared vital information on FGM, to my greatest surprise, we had two survivors and an elderly lady who goes by the name Mrs. Cecilia Mattew and Mrs. Hanna Saleh Mother to her daughter an FGM survivor.

According to Cecilia:

"I'm a survivor. The circumcision of girls or women was performed by our forefathers to reduce promiscuous of women in the community, and as you can see today our girls who are only 10 years old have knowledge of sex and have… Share on X

Mrs. Hanna Saleh, who gave an insight about FGM:

"I'm a Christian that got married to a Muslim and my Daughter was mutilated, and since I noticed the process she went through I want to speak out against FGM." Mrs. Hanna Saleh Share on X "I never wanted her to know about it. But we need more of this awareness to be known to the public, I never wanted to tell her, because she May hate me for putting her through it" Mrs. Hanna Saleh. The mother of an FGM survivor shares… Share on X

Azhata community was surprised by the harmfulness of FGM. Today the majority of people are still practicing this dangerous act on our girls.

One elder said:

"We need more of this awareness in our community, my sister who got married to a Muslim man was circumcised and they are kicking against it because their daughters must not go through such pain." Share on X

My Challenges during the campaign:

He for she, because I’m a man talking about FGM none of the women wanted to respond until Miss Gbagyi spoke.

I planned to have more than five hundred crowds, but early rainfall that morning lead most of them to farm in summary the later turn-on during the ending part of the events, led to more renting of chairs and refreshments.

Senior Adviser to the president on People Living in Disability didn’t show up due to an Official assignment in Benue state.

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.