Waris Dirie's feelings are going crazy and her thoughts are circling. Pain, suffering, memory, but above all this longing to be able to forget...
"Again and again I am asked whether I feel hatred towards my mother because she did this cruel circumcision to me at the age of five. The truth is, you never quite recover from such a terrible experience. But I have never felt hate. It was more anger. Anger at my mother because it was she who held me down when it happened. I could not understand her arguments and accept that this terrible torture of a little girl, as she said, was Allah's will. How can a good god make a girl suffer like that? I had long and very violent discussions with my mother. At the beginning she simply did not want to understand that female genital mutilation is a crime against little girls. She explained to me that our religion requires this so that women can remain pure, faithful and good wives. Mom, I forgave you a long time ago. It is well known that forgiveness is the strongest act of love. And only love unites people and makes them do good for each other. I am proud that you have changed your mind and are fighting today at my side against this cruel practice. This is one of my most beautiful successes. I thank you for that. Mom, I love you very much."
Love & Peace,