Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone: I believe my girlfriend died because she was cut

  • By Tamasin Ford
  • BBC Africa Eye

May 7, 2023

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Bondo elders pass on traditions to young women and girls in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and this can sometimes end in tragedy. BBC Africa Eye has collected testimony from a man who believes his girlfriend died after having her genitals removed.

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Fatmata Turay was 19 when her mother called her to come back to the village.

She was to be introduced to Bondo society, an age-old tradition involving music and dance and preparing young women for adulthood. Thirty-six hours later, Fatmata was dead.

From the day of her funeral, August 18, 2016, her boyfriend, journalist Tyson Conteh, pulled out his camera and started filming.

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