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‘I thought this is how a virgin is meant to look’: Female genital mutilation victim whose vagina was stitched up – and the ‘blade woman’ who cuts 30 girls a day

Mariam Doumbia didn’t realise there was anything wrong until she was 22.

She just thought it was how unmarried girls who had never had sex ‘looked’. Then she saw a picture of a woman who had been circumcised – her clitoris cut out, her labia cut off and her vagina sewn up – and knew, in that moment, she had been mutilated. ‘Up until that point, I thought I was normal,’ the 23-year-old said. ‘I thought it was how virgins looked.’

Shock: Mariam is one of the millions of girls and women in Mali to undergo FGM - but it happened when she was a baby. She didn't know until she was 22 and saw a picture of what her genitals should look like. Up until that point, she believed 'that was how virgins are meant to look'

Shock: Mariam is one of the millions of girls and women in Mali to undergo FGM

In another part of Mali, a woman sits grabs her granddaughter to better explain her point, taking a fold in the young girl’s underwear between two fingers.

‘I spread their legs and hold the clitoris between my two fingers and cut the tip of it, and it’s all over in a jiffy,’ she says, proudly.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3449674/I-thought-virgin-meant-look-Muslim-FGM-victim-vagina-stitched-blade-woman-cuts-30-girls-day.html#ixzz40VnVuRlh

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