The act is often done with unsterized knives or a village coca cola bottle. It can go as deep as the pelvic bone in some cases. There are often sutures used to tie the wounds together so that intercourse is impossible. Still, these girls develop normally through puberty and are important parts to the familis they grow up in and the regions and questions which surround them.
Information from conference at Georgia State University 1997 with 3 survivors some of who are associated with Clark Atlanta University a collection of 5 colleges and universities, Atlanta Journal Constitution tiny article and an article in The Revolutionary Worker weekly.
While this topic is taboo, violent and not well known--perhaps we could learn more from the survivors about how to stop this biological village violence.
Democratic Socialists must learn first that the problem is extensive--it involves millions of girls who soon become part of the economies. Infection is often a result and not only are people harmed but their ability to aid in the production of essentials is altered in a negative way.
Thank you to the people of Senegal who voted for this law and for other many grass roots activists in the bush, Sahel, or Savannah.