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'It's not for someone to take this away'

Margaret Obaga, women’s coordinator of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, shared her story with The Lutheran:

I was circumcised at about 12, and I remember looking forward it. Among [the Kissi] people circumcision meant you could be married. Until then, you are considered a child.

Girls go through it as a group. All your female relatives are there. You’re also given mentors, older females who tell you about sex and your role in the community.

The next day you go to the river and dive in, for the cold has a numbing effect. Then you face the knife. In my day it was the same knife for all of us.


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