Let Us Abandon the Knife

Let Us Abandon the Knife

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Abby Zimet

Vowing "I will never be cut," the girls and young women of Pokot, Kenya are rejecting the centuries-old tradition of female genital mutilation with the help of the grassroots group Kepstono Rotwo - Abandon the Knife. In an award-winning video, Nancy Tomee fiercely confronts her bewildered mother.

"I'm moving forward, moving forward. I'm heading to the land of milk and honey. I will never be cut, over my dead body. It's a vicious cycle, I bury you, then you bury me with the same sorrows....I refuse to witness my mothers' suffering and then repeat the cycle."

 

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