Eastern winds and a woman’s scolding begin with a storm and end with a soaking.
“It felt like I was being torn to pieces!”
It was a black day. When I got home there was a strange woman there. They held me down and it hurt. It felt like I was being torn to pieces!
The way I feel now is that not everything that people say is true and real, grown-ups don’t know everything. Some of them don’t know anything.
It was done so that we girls will grow up quickly and become modest. But we aren’t modest, we’re just scared.
My friends had it done the same day but no-one gave us a party. We didn’t even get new clothes! My mother wanted what was best for me, and all the neighbours had told her that this was what was best. It was done so that we girls will grow up quickly and become modest. But we aren’t modest, we’re just scared.
Maternal deaths: 43 deaths per l00,000 births.
Number of children/woman: 2.97 (estimate for 2011)
Abortion legislation: Abortion is not legal. It is only allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Very restrictive application.
Law against rape within marriage: No
Violence against women in close relationships: Two women are raped every hour. Only 12 per cent of 2,500 incidents of sexual harassment were reported to the police.