Salaam my lovelies,
How y’all doing? Well and blessed I hope 😀
It has been a minute since I have last made a post here. Alhamdulillah, my kids and I went on a holiday trip back home with my entire family. It was our first time heading back and I have to say, it was definitely not what I expected it to be. Growing up, I have always saw Somalia in the news and pictured it to be exactly as it was portrayed to be. This is probably why we are always reminded to never judge a book by it’s cover. I have always imagined it to be unsafe with constant wars…etc so I couldn’t believe how safe and clean it was with an easy going life style. My kids loved it there and actually wanted to live there for good lol.
With that said though, some of the cultures people tend to follow down there absolutely sucked! One of the major ones being FGM. For those of you who might not know what FGM is, it stands for Female genital mutilation, also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision. It is the ritual cutting or removal of some of the external female genitalia. The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and within communities from countries in which FGM is common (Female genital mutilation – Wikipedia)
The older women just kept on asking my mother whether my daughters have been circumcised or not and when they found out they haven’t had it done and that I didn’t want to get it done for them, I was all of a sudden seen and considered as this bad mother lol. I also left there being referred to as “that girl with the cadaan (white) brain” haha. I guess for me, it was better having an cadaan brain than having a brain full of cultural nonsense lol. The other thing that annoyed me the most there was how they placed great emphasis on cultural practices than religious ones!
I was just reading through news articles on hiraan (a news site for somalis) and stumbled upon this amazing article. It’s awesome to finally see Somali women standing up and speaking against this ridiculous cultural practice. It does no good to our girls but cause a great amount of pain and misery in their lives. They would have definitely had my vote if I was living there, lets cheer them on y’all.
To read the article click here.
Until next time mommas, ma’salaama 😀