Enligt Waris Dirie, som lämnade hemlandet, blev fotomodell, skrev den självbiografiska boken “En blomma i Afrikas öken” (“Desert Flower”) och blev FN:s talesperson mot könsstympning, sker det 6.000 stympningar varje dygn enbart i Afrika.
6.000 varje dygn i enbart Afrika!
Här beskriver hon, i samband med boksläppet 1999, detta fruktansvärda fenomen.
“Her first real memory is of having her clitoris and labia sliced off with a blood-caked razor. Recovering in a hut, her genitals sewn together with thorns, her legs bound, she vowed to go back to the scene of her torture and find the lumps of her own flesh, which had been left to dry on a rock. The vultures had got there first.
Female circumcision occurs in 28 African countries, on 6,000 little girls a day. Mothers who have suffered the ordeal themselves still allow it to be performed, fearful that no man will marry a girl who isn’t circumcised. The operation is performed without anaesthetic, with crude, dirty instruments, sometimes teeth. Its after-effects include shock, local infection, septicaemia, HIV, damage to the urethra or anus, and tetanus. Long-term complications include chronic and recurring urinary infections, the pooling of menstrual blood in the abdomen, increasingly difficulty in urinating, depression and even death.
‘A lot of people don’t want to believe something like this because it’s so horrifying and so weird,’ says Dirie. ‘Too much sadness. Too depressing. We cannot face it.’
In Desert Flower, Dirie notes that the suffering of women is created by the ego and for the pleasure of men. Vaginas are sewn up tightly to increase men’s sexual pleasure. On their wedding night, the husband either forces or cuts his way in. It is ironic that, in the world of fashion, which gave her the celebrity platform to speak out against female genital mutilation, women starve themselves thin for men’s visual gratification.”