TITLE

'I was fighting, screaming ... I have never felt so much pain'

AUTHOR(S)
Anna Davis
PUB. DATE
February 2014
SOURCE
Evening Standard;2/12/2014, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
ALIMATU DIMONEKENE, 44, was one of the FGM survivors who attended the hearing in Brussels. Now a homelessness officer in Haringey, she was forced to have FGM in her native Sierra Leone at the age of 16. She has told her story for the first time in the hope it will stop other girls from going through the same thing. She said: "I went to visit my grandmother but she was not there to greet me which was strange. There was food and more people than usual. I didn't realise what was going on. "My aunt came in and I thought she was coming to sit down but she suddenly launched at me. My other aunts behind me pulled me down. I had a really nice dress on and they started pulling it and I could hear ripping. I was really scared and struggling. As I lay on the floor I was stripped of everything. "I could hear the traditional screams of the cutter and saw a glimpse of her face, which has stayed with me. I was fighting and screaming. My aunts were holding my legs wide and this woman launched at me, holding a filthy cloth in her hand with her instruments. "I have never felt so much pain in my entire life. I saw my mother trying to rescue me but they wouldn't let her through. "I always felt I was a strong person but this was something I couldn't fight. Now I have good days and bad days. I wanted to explore the world and become something but FGM became me."
ACCESSION #
94398961

 

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