Young pioneer in Ethiopia defies FGM, finds love

BY Abraham Gelaw

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AWASH, Ethiopia – Twenty-four-year-old Hawa Buha was among the first in her conservative pastoralist community to defy the tradition of female genital mutilation(FGM). Here, in the northern Afar Region, many believe that “an uncircumcised girl is one who is waiting for her day of circumcision, or one who has already passed away.” But Ms. Hawa had other ideas.

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