Liberian journalist hides, for reporting sexual mutilation
Mae Azango is a journalist in Liberia. She's in hiding fearing for her safety after breaking a national taboo and writing a story about a secret sect that practices female genital mutilation. (Photo: New Narratives)
When you put it that way, it almost sounds noble. But what Ma remembers is four women holding her down while another took a knife and hacked at her genitals.
That was more than 30 years ago. But for writing her story this month, reporter Mae Azango received death threats. She's now in hiding in Liberia, where we've managed to reach her.
March 29th: More from a Liberian journalist in hiding
Last week on the program, we heard from Mae Azango, a Liberian journalist forced into hiding after receiving death threats for a story she wrote about the tradition of female genital mutiliation.
As she told us, some Liberians believe it deters adultery.
Since then, the Liberian government has cautioned journalists to be careful reporting the story but urged tolerance for her.
It also says it sent out letters to those who perform the procedure four months ago, asking them to end it.
For the record, this is the first time the Liberian government has said it wants to stop female genital mutilation.
But the Minister of Gender and Development - Julia Duncan Cassell - admits there's a big difference between asking traditional leaders to stop it, and getting them to actually stop it.
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