FREETOWN – Sergeant Felixon Musa stands tall, arms raised in front of a group of 100 Sierra Leonean soldiers, taking them through a yoga routine he thinks is as important as any arms drill. He learned the moves from a yoga teacher who died in West Africa’s Ebola epidemic in 2014. Determined to keep his...
Less than a month before her 11th birthday, F.A Cole was plucked from her childhood home in Sierra Leone and marched to the woods. Confused and afraid, she was blindfolded, stripped naked, gagged and pinned down – a cutter looming over her writhing body to perform the invasive cultural ritual of female genital mutilation, better known as FGM.
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