Die geheime Welt der weiblichen Beschneidung

NAIROBI – Als Kind im ländlichen Kenia bewunderte ich die weibliche Genitalverstümmelung insgeheim. Ich war von Freundinnen und Älteren beeinflusst, die sagten, dass ein Mädchen mehr Respekt erhält und von erwachsenen Männern als heiratsfähig angesehen wird, sobald sie „den Schnitt“ hinter sich hat. Vielleicht waren das die Gründe dafür, dass ich mich als 13-Jährige danach sehnte, beschnitten zu werden, um eine „echte Frau“ zu werden.

Meine Mutter war jedoch gegen die Praktik, da sie Christin war (und ist) und wollte, dass ich meine Ausbildung abschließe und dem Schicksal vieler Mädchen in meiner Gemeinde entgehe, die mit älteren Männern verheiratet werden und dann ihre Autonomie verlieren. Ich versuchte, meine Mutter davon zu überzeugen, meiner Beschneidung zuzustimmen, sie weigerte sich jedoch.

Ich war wütend über die Entscheidung meiner Mutter. In meiner Frustration sprach ich mit ein paar anderen Schulmädchen. Jede von ihnen schilderte den Vorgang anders, aber in einem stimmten sie überein: eine Beschneidung ist äußerst schmerzhaft, und ich sollte mich auf starke Blutungen einstellen. Dennoch ermutigten die Freundinnen, mit denen ich sprach, mich dazu, mich beschneiden zu lassen.

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