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After their genitals were cut, some women search for healing

When Roukhaya found out that she was pregnant, she was still living in the African nation of Chad.

When she found out it was a girl, that’s when she says she knew it was time to leave.

In Chad, she explains, female genital mutilation is still practiced. Roukhaya and her husband are both doctors, and they think it is brutal. I ask if she herself was subjected to it. She nods quietly.

“I don’t want that for my daughter,” she says.

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