FGM Caught Red Handed! [In Pics]

In one of the most dreadful experiences fieldworkers in an FGM project of CCT in Rorya, Mara Region together with Police had to face mutilated girls, just cut and with blood trickling down their legs. After several years of efforts from numerous stakeholders communities in Mara region are not having the same ease with girls mutilation which for time unknown has been conducted for the pretext of appeasing the gods.

Eventually some are trying to evolve with times and come up with different approaches so that they can have their girls cut without attracting attention of their adversaries. Of the recent girls have been cut in the night and sometimes not that much ceremoniously but in the quiet of the house, with expert Ngaribas delivering the now much needed “home delivery”.

A woman who performs the ritual is known as Ngariba; usually matured enough to conduct this critical spiritual and social enterprise.

Pictures below were serially captured after the ngariba in was caught:

 N.B: We apologize for both quality of pictures and disturbing nature of some images
This is the ngariba who was caught immediately after she had cut 4 children in Marasibora

This is the ngariba (Wanyko Mwikwabe, 60+) who was caught immediately after she had cut 4 children in Marasibora

 

Ngariba Wankyo Mwikwabe (60+) and the mother of Anna (one of cut girls) immediately after they were caught at Ann’s family residence. The ritual is conducted at children’s homes in the night or early morning. In this case they were caught in the early morning around 5 AM. None of the children is above 14 and some of them are still in school. For instance one of them is in Standard V at Marasibora Primary school.

Ngariba Wankyo Mwikwabe (60+) and the mother of Anna (one of cut girls) immediately after they were caught at Ann’s family residence. The ritual is conducted at children’s homes in the night or early morning. In this case they were caught in the early morning around 5 AM. None of the children is above 14 and some of them are still in school. For instance one of them is in Standard V at Marasibora Primary school.

 

These Girls testified that Ngariba Wankyo Mwikwabe is responsible for cutting them

These Girls testified that Ngariba Wankyo Mwikwabe is responsible for cutting them

 

In the picture are girls under intense pain (as they spoke themselves) short time after undergoing the mutilation ritual. Visible is blood trickling down their legs

In the picture are girls under intense pain (as they spoke themselves) short time after undergoing the mutilation ritual. Visible is blood trickling down their legs

 

Tools and substances that belonged to the ngariba. Seen right (dark, on paper) are body parts cut from the girls

Tools and substances that belonged to the ngariba. Seen right (dark, on paper) are body parts cut from the girls

 

 

Parents and Guardians with their cut children held under Police arrest after Ngariba in charge of cutting four girls was caught by Police

Parents and Guardians with their cut children held under Police arrest after Ngariba in charge of cutting four girls was caught by Police

 

The alleged and victims of mutilation taken into a Police pick-up truck

The alleged and victims of mutilation taken into a Police pick-up truck

 

Ngariba Wankyo getting into police pick-up truck

Ngariba Wankyo getting into police pick-up truck

 

Mutilated girls outside Kinesi Dispensary waiting for medical check-up after they were sent by a gender-desk police

Mutilated girls outside Kinesi Dispensary waiting for medical check-up after they were sent by a gender-desk police

 

Story By
Women Development Children and Gender Department
Christian Council of Tanzania

 

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