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But don’t forget who you really are. And I’m not talking about your so-called real name. All names are made up by someone else, even the one your parents gave you. You know who you really are. When you’re alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you.

- Louis Sachar

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Although female genital mutilation is illegal in the United States, there is cause for concern: the practice of “vacation cutting” — when girls are taken to their parents’ home countries to be cut — might be on the rise.
Several women are taking a stand. Naima Abdullahi, who was cut at age 9, runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. Atlanta resident Jaha Dukureh, 24, a Gambian immigrant who was cut twice, started a Change.org online petition in February urging a federal study that has garnered over 200,000 signatures. “No one is really talking about this in the U.S.,” she says. “No one knows. When I tell people what we are trying to do, people are in shock.”
Read more via The New York Times.
Photo: Amber Fouts

halftheskymovement:

Although female genital mutilation is illegal in the United States, there is cause for concern: the practice of “vacation cutting” — when girls are taken to their parents’ home countries to be cut — might be on the rise.

Several women are taking a stand. Naima Abdullahi, who was cut at age 9, runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. Atlanta resident Jaha Dukureh, 24, a Gambian immigrant who was cut twice, started a Change.org online petition in February urging a federal study that has garnered over 200,000 signatures. “No one is really talking about this in the U.S.,” she says. “No one knows. When I tell people what we are trying to do, people are in shock.”

Read more via The New York Times.

Photo: Amber Fouts