As cruel as it sounds, this barbarous practice is in preparation for the families to sell these young girls, typically 9-14 years old, to an old man as lifetime prisoner used for labor and sex. I wish there was a gentler way to describe this inhumane practice, but unfortunately there is not. Locals try to misguide outsiders by calling the practice of cutting a “circumcision” and the selling of their daughters as “Brides” but this crime by any name is atrocious.
It goes without saying this heartless practice robs these innocent girls of any ambition or dreams they may have had and condemns them to a life of terror with unspeakable long-term health and psychological damage.
Our 2022 action made a huge impact. We were able to provide a safe place for 1700+ girls who were able to run to our safe homes and police stations to escape from being cut.
We supported the police in making over 40 arrests and have 100% convictions with the cases that have been prosecuted.
These rescues were not in our 2022 budget, and we are therefore asking anyone who would like to help these girls to please pitch in. Our immediate need for this first mission is $75,000. And we anticipate we will need an additional $250,000 in early 2023 to engage a much larger region in the next cutting season that will arrive in late July and go through August.
Our goal is to document our success and create a platform that can be copied and implemented all over the world to finally bring this practice to an end worldwide.