I experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia when I was just 11-years-old.
At the time, I didn’t understand the lifelong consequences of the procedure, which is defined as intentionally altering or causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Now I’m a young woman I’m conscious that I can never go back to who I was.
It was when I arrived in the UK that I began to question what I’d gone through and why I’d suffered.
With Fixers, I want to raise awareness of FGM, especially among those from communities where it’s a common cultural practice.
It’s something that should be discussed openly so those who could be affected are aware of its risks.
Heather Nelson, CEO Black Health Initiative
Heather Nelson supports my Fix. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.
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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.