Sunday, 15 July 2007

Salimata Badji-Knight

Salimata Badji-Knight and three of her sisters work together against the practice of female circumcision, otherwise known as female genital mutilation (FGM).

She was born in Senegal where she was circumcised at the age of five. One of the worst things about the circumcision she says, apart from the pain and the crying, was that the girls were tricked into thinking they were being taken on a picnic.

She moved to Paris at the age of nine where she was amazed to find that not every girl was circumcised, and even more horrified when girls were taken back to Africa for a "holiday" only to be circumcised when they were there. Since then most of her adult life has been spent campaigning against FGM. She now lives in Dorset in the south of England, and works for FORWARD, the Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development.

You can read her story at The Forgiveness Project.

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