Africa - the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman...
In December of 2003, I discovered there are over a million women and girls in Africa leak feces and urine all the time after suffering the horror of Female Genital Mutilation or after giving birth in the bush without access to medical care. Each year thousands more become outcasts, begging on street corners, Girls as young as six suffer the horror of FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION! None are allowed to enter buildings or public transportation, as they constantly leak feces and/or urine.
My dear friends Haika and Sharon Sangiwa in Arusha, Tanzania, make me aware of this silent and tragic epidemic rampant in the developing world. By February of I was on a plane to Tanzania to the Sangiwa family and a visit to the hospital that I had to see this for myself, meet the doctors that devoted to these women, so Lifetracks can raise awareness and funds.
I was with these women and children when they arrived after walking for days in bare feet on dirt roads. I watched them unable to look anyone in the eye; heads bent in shame. I saw them slowly raise their heads in confusion as they realize they are being treated with dignity and respect. I
I comforted girls and women while they cried of the terror and the pain after their FGM and after their intimidation, ostracizing and expulsion from families, tribes, and villages. I hug them after a month’s hospital stay with tears of joy and laughter as they twirl in their first new dress.
Aware that my compassionate heart was finding its own peace within the world’s tragedies.
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