"To bear a girl is to bear a problem.”

Stop the stupid proverbs!

Waris at a conference in Nairobi
Waris at a conference in Nairobi

A Somali saying everybody knows. It makes me furious.

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Jamestina

Let's make a difference!

Jamestina Menjor holding her sponsorship envelope
Jamestina Menjor holding her sponsorship envelope

Our sponsorship program and your donations ensure the integrity of endangered girls, little Jamestina being one of them.

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Shocking news from Kenya

Inside the illegal „Cutting Room“

Razor blades and ethanol spirit used for FGM
Razor blades and ethanol spirit used for FGM

“We sit down the girl, someone blindfolds her and lays her on the ground, then we cut, we cut three times ... ”

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Dramatic increase of FGM cases in Europe!

The British Government finally conforms to our demands!

Waris Dirie on BBC
Waris Dirie on BBC

Dear supporters,

The Desert Flower Foundation was the first organisation to investigate and uncover the dissemination of FGM in Europe.

In my book “Desert Children” I have written down and processed the shocking experiences within African communities, at doctor’s surgeries, in hospitals throughout European cities, as well as the general ignorance of the authorities to acknowledge the problem, to cope with it and to offer information and help to victims and endangered girls

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It has nothing to do with religion

‘Desert Children’ by Waris Dirie

'Desert Children' by Waris Dirie
'Desert Children' by Waris Dirie

The circumciser kneels down in front of the girl’s spread legs, puts her little dish on the bed and takes the razor blade in her right hand. Then she moves her hand towards the girl’s genital area.

Suddenly the room is flooded with a stream of light from above. A voice rings out: ‘Don’t do it. Stop! It’s against our religion.’

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