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The closure of all schools in Kenya including some rescue centers where girls had sought refuge after running from their families who wanted to force them to undergo FGM or get married has taken the country a step back in the fight against these traumatic, painful cutting practices.
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, access to menstrual products is still a big problem for many girls who choose to avoid school because they can’t afford tampons or sanitary napkins.
“When I was 13 years old, my parents organized the FGM ceremony without my knowledge”, says Nasieku who later became a fierce fighter of this practice.
The news last month that Kenya would be closing the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, and repatriating its 350,000 residents by November prompted two reactions – complete shock or dismissal.