What it’s like to live with female genital mutilation

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More than 200 million women across the world are affected with genital mutilation. In a candid interview with media, Hibo who suffered mutilation at the age of 6 told that the immediate change was how she peed physically. The labia were removed and a small hole was left similar to the size of the match stick.

Hibo was raised in Somalia, the African country where the majority of women face genital mutilation. It is akin to an open wound exacerbated by the application of salt and chili. A heinous crime that has been in practice for centuries is now the scourge of the modern times. Women undergoing the harassment experience horrible physical changes as they are not able to perform seemingly normal tasks. The wee comes out in spurts and the pain is horrendous creating a huge problem for the individual.

Hibo arrived in the UK at the age of 16 and visited the doctor to get relief from the problem of passing urine. She communicated with the help of the translator and underwent a surgical process called defibrillation to widen the hole. It helped her to eliminate pain that she suffered in the past while urinating.

Although the problem is solved, Hibo may not be able to enjoy the sexual pleasure as the hole is too small. She might enjoy but it would be like one in a million times. Labia play a very important role in expansion but once they are removed, all that is left is a small hole.

Barbaric practices like genetic mutilation have taken a heavy toll on the lives of women. They are forced to live in pain and cannot tell people about their suffering as the subject is too taboo to be discussed in the public domain. Police in the UK have confirmed that girls are especially taken out of the country for genital mutilation.