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Every year , when it is time for schools to close down for the holidays little huts are erected at the backyards of senior members of the Bondo society called ‘sowes’ throughout the country. These senior members or ‘sowes’ would be seen making frantic moves from one house to the other advocating with parents for their young girls to be initiated into the Bondo society even most times against the wishes of the children .
The girls with ages ranging from 5 to teens are handed over to the initiators who would take them to the huts/shrines and forcefully initiate them by cutting off their clitoris with a crude instrument causing profuse bleeding resulting in tetanus and most time deaths for those who could not stand the pain. In the event of death, they are not investigated properly because laws have not yet been enacted to bring the perpetrators to book in order to stop this deadly practice that is against human rights.
After becoming members of the society , these girls are forced into early marriage mostly to elderly men about twice their age and end up with unwanted pregnancy and ultimate death. In the provinces, any girl who is not a member of the society is considered to be an outcast.
I am therefore calling on the government and stakeholders to abolish the Bondo society which practice is of serious concern in our modern day society and save our girl children.
by Samuel Henry Taylor, Freelance Journalist
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