Monday, July 7, 2014

What?! These Parents Discover Their Baby Is InterSex When They Go For Female Circumcision

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8 days after Success Chisom Aniekwe was born a year ago in Anam in Anambra State, her parents took her to be circumcised. However, finding out that the baby is Intersex, meaning that she had both male and female sex organs, stopped the circumcision from being done.

After all the reports and campaigns via the news and even Nollywood movies, one would think female circumcision would be a thing of the past for new parents. But some Nigerian parents are apparently stuck to their traditional ways of doing things.

I'm dismayed that some people still believe that FGM has any tangible benefits in this day and age. The only good thing to come out of the ignorance of Chisom's parents would be that their child's intersex condition, also known as hermaphroditism, was observed early enough.

Unfortunately, due to lack of funds nothing has been done for over a year to streamline the baby's gender. Read on for the parent's account of Chisom's ordeal and how you may be able to help.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nigerian Woman Deported From the UK, She Wanted Asylum From FGM, Boko Haram and Forced Marriage

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A Nigerian woman with two daughters was fighting deportation to Nigeria and seeking permanent residency in the UK but has been deported back to Nigeria. She claims that her 2 young daughters could be subjected to female genital mutilation, and she herself forced into marriage if they return to Nigeria.

Afusat Saliu, 31, said she also feared that she and her daughters, Bassy, four, and Rashidat, two, could be targeted by Boko Haram. She was given a reprieve last week but lawyer Bhumika Parmar said the family has finally been deported yesterday.