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Not just a woman’s issue: the Maasai man fighting to end female genital mutilation in Kenya

Not just a woman’s issue: the Maasai man fighting to end female genital mutilation in Kenya

SHEILA MWALILI, BIRD STORY AGENCY PARSANKA Sayianka grew up in Kenya's Maa community, where female genital mutilation was the norm. In his village of Paranai in Kajiado County, it was customary for girls to drop out of primary school after undergoing "the cut". This is the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes erroneously referred to as circumcision. These girls would soon be married off in exchange for cows, mostly to older men. "I kept wondering why this had to happen to our girls while their mates from other communities remained in school. I saw how the practice coupled with…
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