'I believed no man would marry me if I didn’t cut': battling FGM in Uganda

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On the day marking Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, survivors are educating communities in border areas with Kenya, where the practice is still a rite of passage

In 2009, when Rebecca Chelimo was 12, she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

“I feared abuse and insults from the community. I was told it was a shame to be an uncircumcised girl. I believed no man would marry me if I didn’t cut. So I did it,” says Chelimo, from her home in Alakas village, in eastern Uganda.

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