Female Genital Mutilation: Woman And Husband Escape With Children (Photo)

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In a bid to escape painful and
senseless female genital
mutilation prevalent in certain
communities in Nigeria , Mr
.Olalowo Hammed Olalekan and
his wife, Modinat have fled the shores of Nigeria for the safety
of their children.
It was learnt that Modinat
Olalowo, who got married to
Olalowo Hammed Olalekan, ran
away from her matrimonial home, with her children, when
she was asked to bring her
daughter for the painful and
needless circumcision. Owing to the terrible and
painful experience their
daughter would pass through,
if subjected to such mutilation,
Modinat and her husband
jointly objected to such traditional requirements of
their offspring and insisted
that their child would not be
circumcised. According to Hammed,
enormous physical, sexual and
emotional abuses prevalent in
the country at the moment, force
many women out of their homes
at mentioning of genital mutilation or circumcisions as
the case may be. Hammed, who was said to
have been attacked by his
kinsmen for not subjecting his
daughter for the exercise said he didn ’t expect to survive the
attack due to thorough beating
he got when he tried to escape,
saying he was abused by his
family and the community alike
and was left to die. He said: “I thought I had died. I was bleeding all over my
body with swollen face and
cuts on my body. What I
experienced from them is not
what I wish anybody . If it
were my wife or children, they may not have survived
it. ” Speaking further, he said: “I was
on my way home, when some
men began taunting me for not
allowing my daughter to be
circumcised, rather aided their
disappearance.” However, human rights activists
have described the act as
barbaric and blame it on
Nigerian government for not
providing adequate security to
its citizens against such practices.