Mama Sylla is a woman who, aged just 9 years old, became a victim of Female Genital Mutilation - FGM for short.
To her, this was normal. It was such an accepted rite of passage in her community, that she had no reason to question it. It was only years later, during a near death experience while pregnant with her unborn child, that she came face to face with the catastrophic health implications FGM can have on girls and women. Galvanised by her experience, she now campaigns to raise awareness of the issue. In conversation with Rohma Ullah, we hear Mama’s journey.
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If children and young people are worried about or have experienced FGM, Childline has advice on FGM, including how to get help and fears about speaking up. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and confidential. Children can also contact Childline online.
The NSPCC also has a dedicated FGM helpline and resource page, and the National FGM Centre has resources for anyone concerned about the welfare of a child or young person in relation to FGM, kindoki or abuse linked to albinism, or any other child abuse linked to faith or belief.
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