K.S, 14, student, victim of Female genital mutilation at the age of 9
" My name is K.S. I attend a secondary school here in Ouagadougou and I am in the final year. I was born in Côte d’Ivoire and had never visited Burkina Faso. During the summer of 2000, when I was nine, my father sent my brothers and me to spend the vacation with our grandparents in Burkina.
One morning in August 2000, my grandmother asked me to come with her to visit friends who lived not far away from her house. When I arrived in the yard, I noticed several other old women and some girls about my age. When I asked my grandmother why there were so many people there, she told me to behave and everything would be alright. She left me there.
After war broke out in Côte d’Ivoire I came back to Burkina Faso, and it was at school during a sensitization class on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that I realized that something was wrong with my vagina.