Keeping Children safe

Nature: Female Genital Mutilation

Location: Kajiado
Age: 13

Jennifer called to report that her parents wanted her to undergo female Genital Mutilation during the school holiday. Jennifer was thirteen years old and in standard six. She was living with her grandmother who also supported FGM. Jennifer was aware of a group of women who were anti-FGM and who would be able to assist her she was calling to get assistance to reach them. She knew of a case where they had rescued a girl who was about to be circumcised. The Helpline team calmed her down and got in touch with the area Chief who rescued both Jennifer and her sister.  They were sheltered at a school that takes care of girls rescued from such harmful cultural practices and are continuing with education.