TOO SHOCKINGApril 28, 2007
AMAM was organized 1998 with the goal of fighting the practice ablation. It is non-profit and not government sponsored, and as such, resources are extremely limited. The postcard here is their effort to promote awareness. (had to cut/splice due to my site limitations) In short, the card reads; ‘Wet finger and rub here, What do you feel? special ink then reveals, Nothing.’ Shocking, and highly effective.
Ablation or feminine genital mutilation is the practice of total or partial removal of the external genitals while young; between ages 1-14. Many mutilated children suffer irreversible life-long health problems. The estimate of the total number of females alive today that have undergone ablation is between 100 and 132 million. This means, at the present birth rate, every year approximately two million children suffer some type of feminine genital mutilation. Most of the victims of this practice live in 28 African countries, although some live in Asia and beyond. Increasingly, more cases are reported in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States, mainly between immigrants coming from Africa and Southeast Asia.
There are several reasons why the practice continues:
Sexual: desensitization in order to control the desire for sex.
Societal: rite of initiation/passage for acceptance to the community.
Hygiene and Aesthetic: belief that female genitals are dirty and ugly. Women without the procedure are not permitted to cook or carry water.
Childbirth: false belief of increased fertility and birth. New studies show male births in particular are at higher risk of mortality.
Religious: Monks spread the erroneous belief that the practice is a rule dictated in religion.
Monetary: Midwives in the community generally perform the procedure at considerable cost and a sought source of income.
Genital ablation can cause irreparable damages. Death by hemorrhage or neurological collapse due to intense pain and trauma, and later infection and painful sex is not uncommon.
|Many women support the ablation, convinced that, otherwise, their daughters could not be mothers. More than 132 million women and children they are victims of genital mutilation and 6,000 run the risk of undergoing it every day.|
IF YOU WANT TO HELP OR JUST LEARN MORE, CLICK THE AMAM LOGO ABOVE TO BE TAKEN TO THEIR SITE. THANK YOU.
WoW. Think about these numbers in relation to the population of the whole of the United States. Awake yet? heY!