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Ms Bobo Seide is a widow and worked as an FGM practitioner for over 20 years. Now she works with Plan International and its partners to raise community awareness and advocate against FGM practices in Bafatá region.

âI started practising FGM just after my elder sister passed away; she had also taken the knife after my mother died many years ago, and I was very proud to become a practitioner. It was very prestigious and had great social status to become an FGM practitioner in those days, as people used to view our family as one who had honour and privilege. I felt well respected in the community and people invited me everywhere to attend ceremonies. But now I believe it was purely traditional beliefs and nothing more.”