According to Tegla, she took a full month to recover after the cutting and was married off. However, her husband chased her away because she couldn’t conceive as a result of the cutting yet the man and his relatives wanted children.
Ms Tegla Chepolukuma who went through sucesfull reconstructive after FGM give her testmoney with her one child in Amudat
Chepolukuma was 13-years- old when her friends advised her to go for Female
Genital cutting alias Female Genital Mutilation. She recalls how her peers kept
counting the days to the D– day.
"When that day reached I remember it was on Wednesday, my grandmother
arrived at our home in Kalas to cut us and my grandmother coaxed
me and told me not to worry. My grandmother told me it was important
I go through the rite in order to become a respectable woman and
increase my chances of getting married. Someday,” he said.
Adding that, “I closed my eyes tight and tried to gather courage.
I wanted to dodge but my grandmother and another woman held me down.” Tegla
does not wish to recall or talk about the event of that day.
“The memory is too painful,” she told URN in an interview. She
explained told URN in Amudat that going through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
is a matter between life and death. Her sister, Rose Cheptak had the procedure
done before her and bled to near death.
According to Tegla, she took a full month to recover after
the cutting and was married off.
However, her husband chased her away
because she couldn’t conceive as a result of the cutting yet the man and his
relatives wanted children.
“I came back home and stayed for about one year, while at home I got
a message from Transcultural Physical Organization (TPO), an NGO which was funded
by UNFPA calling girls who were cut to be taken for reconstruction. I
didn’t believe I would get back to my normal life; the team from TPO took
me to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital where I was reconstructed,” she
Adding that, “I thank God I was reconstructed and shortly
conceived my firstborn,” a smiling Tegla said while carrying her baby. Many
other girls have got similar experiences like Tegla. Jeros Odyambo, the program officer of TPO who was also
involved in ensuring that Tegla gets reconstruction surgery told URN in his
Amudat office that the exercise was financed by UNFPA.
"This is the reason why this bad practise should be fought
seriously," he said.
Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is defined by the
World Health Organization as all procedures that involve partial or
total removal of the external female genitalia. It also involves any
other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM/C
is a millennia-long custom that practicing communities believe is an
essential part of raising a girl properly.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) about 140
million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the
consequences of FGM/C. Some 92 million girls of 10 years and above who have undergone
the practice are in Africa.
Dr. Patrick Sagaki, the Medical Superintendent of Amudat hospital told URN that
the practice has several immediate and long-term
health consequences. He says many women like Tegla suffer for years
after being circumcised because of scarring and frequent infections.
Several organizations in Uganda are fighting to end the practice that is
mainly practiced Karamoja, Pokot and Sebei. In 2010, the Uganda government
passed a law criminalizing FGM. Those found guilty of involving in FGM face