"I lost my dignity in Libya": FGM survivor and refugee speaks out

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Aisha sitting in a refugee reception center in Italy. PHOTO: UNIFEED

Aisha fled her home in Côte d'Ivoire to save her daughter from female genital mutilation (FGM), but the mother's nightmare only continued at a detention centre in Libya.

The harmful traditional practice of FGM, considered in some communities to be a rite of passage, has propelled thousands of women and girls to flee their homes, only to face harrowing conditions in Libyan detention centres.

Aisha, now safely residing in a refugee reception center in Italy, is still kept awake at night reflecting on the three months of abuse she survived in Libya to reach safety.

Natalie Hutchison has the story.

Duration: 3’52″

 

Music credits: “Lights“  by Ketsa

 

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