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The Psychological Effects of FGM, Ethiopia and Nigeria report

by Ubax Jamal Mohamed,

Ubax Jamal Mohamed, (a female journalist from FM Jigjiga station) visited Dr. Rudwan Hassan Mohamud Who operates Hayat Mental Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre. A psychiatric ward that focuses on mental health disorders and psychological difficulties in Jigjiga city. The interview was recorded and used as part of a radio conversation show that informed 1 million listeners of the ill effects that occur due to FGM.

Hayat Mental Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre :

We paid him a visit to his office. Dr. Rudwan Hassan Mohamud told Jigjiga FM that the psychological effects caused by FGM are on the rise and the cases are coming in daily from victims of FGM.

"The Psychological effects caused by FGM include  are on the rise with more and more cases coming in daily from survivors” Dr. Rudwan Hassan Mohamud, Jigjiga, Ethiopia Share on X

The centre provides psychological help for FGM victims including marriage counseling for the affected women which deals fear of having a partnership because of dealing with the process of being cut.

He also provides the same treatment for women who already have children but faces the pain of FGM while giving birth or having sexual intercourse with their partners and during the time-having periods.

Other medical treatments are offered in the centre for calming purposes for mentally challenged individuals.

A Survivor Story : Southern Nigeria

Emem, a young woman, native of Uruan local government of Akwa Ibom state in the southern part of Nigeria, was mutilated at the turning of adulthood.

I interviewed Emem, to ask her how that affects her.

Ekemini Joseph interviewing Enem, FGM survivor

“I was taught that the reason for the ‘mutilation’ was to keep me chaste, but why us? Why not the men? Why do they have the freeway of doing what they want, when they want?”


“And the reasons we were taught, were not accurate. I feel inadequate; incomplete, as if a part of me is missing. I don’t like having sex with my husband because I feel the major part of me is missing, and I think what it would have been if I wasn’t circumcised “.


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.