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Born a Girl in the Wrong Place by Khadija Gbla (Full Transcript)

Khadija Gbla

Full text of Born a Girl in the Wrong Place by Khadija Gbla at TEDxCanberra conference. 

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Hi. Today I’m going to share my personal journey with female genital mutilation, FGM. Feel free to cry, laugh, cross your legs, or do anything your body feels like doing. I’m not going to name the things your body does.

I was born in Sierra Leone. Did anybody watch Blood Diamond? If you have any thoughts — I don’t have any diamonds on me, by the way.

If you have heard of Ebola, well, that’s in Sierra Leone as well. I don’t have Ebola. You’re all safe. Don’t rush to the door. Be seated. You’re fine. I was checked before I got here.

My grandfather had three wives. Don’t ask me why a man needs more than one wife. Men, do you need more than one wife? I don’t think so. There you go. He was looking for a heart attack, that’s what I say. Oh yeah, he was.

When I was three, war broke out in Sierra Leone in 1991. I remember literally going to bed one night, everything was good. The next day, I woke up, bombs were dropping everywhere, and people were trying to kill me and my family.

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