Sunday, December 1, 2013
One of the many saddest flashback From one FGM Survivor as she narrates to a blogger.. "How My Mother mutilated Me Then Married Me Off To a 60 Year Old" !
HERE IS THE STORY FROM ONE BRAVE SURVIVOR OF FGM AND CHILD MARRIAGE.(GRAB YOUR TISSUES). As you read this remember the FGM season is on in East Africa and come January many girls will be married off and kiss their childhood,and education goodbye:(. My name is Peris Lomurut. I am 20 Years old. I am from the tiny Rendille community. And I am a mother. To 4 children. I was born in January 16th 1993 in a tiny village, to the extreme north of Kenya. I attended Karare Primary School. But just briefly. Because in 2003,when I was in class 3,I was forcefully woken up by my mother and a team of some other three old,haggard women. It was 3am in the morning. Confused,they grabbed me. Shook me to consciousness and under the thick cover of darkness,whisked me off to some secluded location. I was confused. And unaware of what was going on. I tried to scream,but Mum held my mouth hard. And asked me to cooperate. I tried to free myself and run to safety,but I was too tiny. They easily overpowered me. After what seemed like an eternal journey,full of anguish and turmoil,I was pushed into a poorly-lit scraggly hut. And then I was dumped infront of a deathly-looking old woman. She grinned like a witch. And her eyes were cold. And hands were rough. Flipping me around,she ordered that the other women hold me down. And strip me NAKED. I was too young to comprehend the magnitude of this madness. And right there,other old women held me down,MY MOTHER INCLUDED. They stripped me naked. And ordered that I spread my legs. I refused. And started screaming and wailing. It was ALL in vain. A dirty piece of cloth was stuffed into my mouth. And I was firmly held down. And my legs forcefully pulled apart. I heard a blunt thing attempt to cut through my genitals. I heard it again. And by the third time,I think I passed out. I came to my senses HOURS later. It was daytime already. And Mum had hidden me at the back of our crumbling hut. I had been initiated to Womanhood. My genitals had been mutilated. And sown up. With a thorn. Yes,a sharp hard thorn. I had bled profusely. And now Mum and other wicked women were busy forcing me to swallow bitter concoctions of local herbs to alleviate my burning pain. It was Hell. My genitals were sewed up. Like a piece of torn cloth. I couldnt even pass urine. And anytime I attempted to do that, the pain would send me to the ground,writhing and cursing. After what seemed like forever,the wound healed. I was now the latest victim of Female Genital Mutilation. Following Year,in November 2004,My parents planned a forced marriage for me! Dad was there. Mum was there. My elder sisters were part of it. And one evening,an old man,well over 60 Years was introduced to me as my new groom. I almost collapsed. In shock. I excused myself. And pretended to have gone for a call of nature. But once I was outside,I fled. I ran away. And ended up at the Chief's camp. I met the chief. And,tearfully,narrated my ordeal to him. I was WRONG. Dead wrong. What happened is that,the chief pretended to pity me. And after I finished my story,he locked me up in a dark room. And told me he was hiding me. What a traitor! 30 minutes later,my parents and our whole clan showed up at the Chiefs camp. Plus the 60-Year old man. It later turned out that the Chief had sold me away. And alerted our people. Needless to say,a dozen sheep and goats were exchanged. As my bride price. And at the tender age of 11 Years,I became a wife. Sex began IMMEDIATELY. From the first night! And Ladies and Gentlemen,allow me to say that it was the MOST PAINFUL sexual experience ever! Remember my genitals had been mutilated earlier. And tied up with bush strings and tiny thorns. In the MOST gory,inhuman and unprofessional manner. It wasnt just PAIN. It was HELL. I went numb. And almost passed out. I tried to protest and reason with this behemoth of a man. But my husband couldnt hear NONE of it. He subjected me to NOTHING but pure torture. For his OWN pleasure. For many,many cold nights. And from late 2004 to 2009,I was in a cold,disastrous,painful,loveless and forced marriage. And I was his FOURTH WIFE. To him,I wasnt a human being. Or an equal married partner. I was a sex toy. A baby-making machine. And sure enough,I DID MAKE Babies. Endlessly. I painfully gave birth to a string of 5 babies. Two of whom died. Due to ill health. And malnutrition. In 2009,I fled my marital home. And with the help of the St Augustine Catholic Church,I was whisked to Nairobi for safety. And mental rehabilitation. And for 4 Years now,I havent seen or heard from my parents. Or children. As I speak now,thousands of Rendille girls,Borana Girls and Samburu Girls and going through what I went through. As we speak now,some girl's tiny genitals are getting mutilated. If we dont ACT NOW. We will NEVER save the situation. There is a difference between CULTURE. And MADNESS. What I went through wasn't CULTURAL. That was DEMONIC. Pray for our sisters. Ambassador Lucy S. Mashua, President of Mashua Voice for the Voiceless, International Assisting and advocating for U.S. refugees and women’s rights Global Ambassador for Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Leading in lobbying for HR 2221: The Girl's Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley and Rep. Mary Bono Mack. http://twitter.com/Mashua http://mashuavoiceforthevoiceless.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mashua-Against-FGM/225406701415
Monday, August 26, 2013
Parents now in Kenya bribing chiefs to secretly mutilate their daughters in the middle of night girls between 11-14 years old and marry them Sexual slavery, By Lucy Mashua Sharp (Courtesy of Standard Kenya)
Saturday, July 13, 2013
THE REALITY OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION UNSPEAKABLE ACT THAT IT HAS CONTINUED TO BE IGNORED! UN ,WHO AND OTHER BIG ORGANISATIONS CONTINUE TO DECORATE THE TRUTH. BY AMBASSADOR LUCY MASHUA SHARP
WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC DISTURBING REAL PICTURES OF FGM AFTERMATH CLICK VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK. FGM complications during birth where thousands die and millions reopened during birth:-(, seriously we are letting "CULTURE" AND "RELIGION' BE AN EXCUSE?) INFIBULATION MOST COMMON IN EAST AFRICA PHARONIC FGM.AGAIN THEY GET AWAY AND IT'S ACCEPTED AS CULTURE OR RELIGION, THIS EVIL IS ACTUALLY TOLERATED WHERE ARE THE BIG GUNS?!! VAGINA KELOIDS AFTER FGM!! THIS IS SO UPSETTING AND JUST INHUMAN! HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE IGNORING THE FACTS! AFRICAN ACTIVISITS RISK THEIR LIVES EVERYDAY ONLY TO BE OVERLOOKED,USED AND NOT TO BE HEARD! FGM CONTINUES AND THE REAL VICTIMS ARE NOT VISIBLE THEY ARE INVISIBLE, JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE THE INVISIBLE COMPLICATIONS INSIDE A YOUNG GIRL OR WOMAN'S BODY. THAT IS WHY IT GETS SO PERSONAL TO ME BECAUSE I KNOW ,SEEN,LIVED THE REALITY OF FGM AND SURVIVED IT ALL TO BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. IF YOU CONTINUE AFTER SEEING THIS PICTURES CALLING IT "CUTTING"OR "FEMALE CIRCUMCISION" I WILL CALL YOU IGNORANT AND HEARTLESS! Ambassador Lucy Mashua sharp, President of Mashua Voice for the Voiceless, International Assisting and advocating for U.S. refugees and women’s rights Global Ambassador for Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Leading in lobbying for HR 2221: The Girl's Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley and Rep. Mary Bono Mack. http://twitter.com/Mashua http://mashuavoiceforthevoiceless.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mashua-Against-FGM/225406701415
Friday, April 19, 2013
The attack on Keir Starmer DPP was uncalled for and it was RACIST by Councillor Rakhia Ismail! Shame on you Rakhia! You owe that sweet man an APOLOGY!! FGM DO EXIST.By Ambassador Lucy Mashua Sharp.
Racism goes both ways! And now race cards are being played by FGM condoners / mutilators / ignorants / deniers and just the stupids!! Most African females that condone or deny FGM are using racism "White vs Black" to attack the white activists working and joining in the fight against FGM , Yes I know there is a history of white organisations that continue to use African problems like FGM and mortality rate for their own profit or 5 minutes of fame, and they make sure none of African led non-profits gets directly funded to fight FGM without them involved. But with that said I know tones of Westerners activists who genuinely condemn FGM and really are dedicated to help end this barbaric atrocious practice worldwide!!, So some few very few so called educated African females living in the west that condones or deny FGM they are using racism as a tool to silence the white activists and law makers who sincerely want to see the end of FGM , The attack on a top legal chief Keir Starmer by Councillor Rakhia Ismail ( Somali origin and a survivor of FGM herself) , was uncalled for , stupid, and just racist!! Shame on you Rakhia by ignoring FGM happens to this day and millions of young girls and women are suffering and because you have not done anything about FGM you are ashamed you are not voicing of problems affecting your very own because you are so full of your self it made you feel embarrassed when a white male tabled concern about FGM prosecutions in the UK!! Why be so defensive ma'am ? Are you guilty or embarrassed ? "Director of Public Prosections Keir Starmer told an audience at Islington Town Hall that no one had been prosecuted under a 28-year-old law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain because it was too difficult to do so.Instead, he suggested charges of child abuse should be brought." Tell me is there something wrong with a genuine concern like these?, Why would you launch an astonishing RACIST attack on someone who genuinely want human rights abusers prosecuted?, by calling him "white middle-class bourgeoisie” who think that “all ethnic minority people are barbaric”.Educate yourself FGM does not only happens in Africa or to African immigrants only it is also in the Middle East ! Who are you protecting, RACE,CULTURE,RELIGION or MUTILATORS ? Yes I know when you want to win a debate and to silence a strong opponent yell the word RACIST and you will succeed to silence your opponent and cowardly cheat into winning debate!! Which I think it's total bull crap and people who play this cards are full of crap!! Councillor Rakhia Ismail you owe the director of public prosecution an apology, you ought to be investigated and finally shame on you for playing the RACE card on a silent killer like FGM which happens every 8-11 seconds to be honest you are the RACIST!, you are also a derby downer to every genuine Anti FGM activist, you are also an embarrassment to African women especially we East African women, and finally shame on you for throwing FGM survivors and victims under the bus and for denying FGM is going on!! By the Global Ambassador for fighting FGM and standing up for Women rights Ambassador Lucy Mashua Sharp.