If you’ve been on Tumblr long enough, you should have come across this picture of this little girl. I remember the first time I saw her picture I was in awe. I thought she had the most beautiful skin, eyes, and smile. I thought, “there’s no way this girl is real…maybe she was painted or something.” She looked like a real life barbie.
She is in fact real and her name is Safa Idriss Nour. This picture was taken of her in a film called Desert Flower, where she played the young Somali model Waris Dirie. Waris is an anti-FGM activist and the film Desert Flower tells a story of how she underwent female circumcision at the age of 5. Safa’s parent signed a contract that states that they would never perform such act on their daughter.
What is FGM?
FGM stands for “Female Genital Mutilation.” It is a form of circumcision for girls. It involves cutting a girl’s clitoris,the part of the vagina that provides sexual pleasure. In the countries where FGM is practiced, it is considered to be a symbol of purity. The girls are believed to be more desirable to a future husband and in return, the family gains a lot of money from her bride price.
I personally think this is a horrible horrible act. No child should ever have to go through this. I think the people that still does this needs to be educated on the dangers of such practice. Some girls aren’t as lucky as Safa. They don’t have anyone to rescue them from such horrendous act, but this is where we come in. We can play a huge part in bringing awareness to this treachery.
Learn more about Waris Dirie and FGM here: What is FGM?
What can you do to help? : sign the petition
More on the story of Safa at : The Guardian