Sunday, 25 February 2007

Female circumcision

.... or genital mutilation.

So often people think it's a problem for developing countries but it's equally a problem in the developed world. Please have a look at this blog from a French woman, called My Path to Renewal. If you don't read French I have translated it here, but I am no translator or writer, so please make allowances. It's one thing reading and understanding, another when you try to find appropriate words in English. Nevertheless, it makes a moving account of an awful situation.

It's worth bearing in mind that there are other people with other problems when we are so ready to complain. It puts things into perspective.


  1. I watched a special with Lisa Ling on the Discovery Channel a few years back. I had never heard of female circumcision before, as it isn't widely talked about here in the states.
    It's devastating, really.
    Thanks for the article.

  2. It doesn't seem widely talked about anywhere really, which is half the problem. I found a report from the UN that said researchers estimate that approximately 3,000 to 4,000 girls are "cut" each year. An additional 86,000 first-generation immigrant women and girls have already undergone the procedure. Thanks alicia.

  3. Unfortunately I do not speak french and have had trouble finding the original french version. I wanted to site that along side the translated version for a paper that I am writing. Could you provide me with a link to the original?

    1. The link is actually in the text of this post but here it is again -

    2. PS Is this something that's going to be published online, or in print? I'd be interested in seeing it when it's done.

    3. I could post it online, I do have a tumblr account. Would you like me to link you too it once I have it finished?

    4. I could post it online, I do have a tumblr account. Would you like me to link you too it once I have it finished? (I am having trouble posting on this site because I don't have an account but I am also TeaddyBearTime btw)

      I'm actually scared to do this now because I am afraid that I might not do this story justice.

  4. I think it would be a great idea to post it online. It's a big issue in the UK, or it has been recently.

    Don't worry about doing it justice. I believe the story will speak for itself.

    If you could link to that would be the best starting place if anyone wants to read for themselves. And also to the original French.

    Good luck!


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