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Olayinka’s mother, Abiola, is sure that if they are deported her daughter will be genitally mutilated. She has reason to be concerned. 20 years ago she watched as her first daughter bled to death following a botched procedure in a remote Nigerian village.
Olayinka’s injuries were so severe that she remained in hospital for three weeks. Yet when Abiola approached the police for protection she claims her ordeal was dismissed as “a family matter.” Soon afterwards the family travelled 150 miles east from Lagos to Ondo State to stay with Abiola’s mother but it didn’t take long for the family chief to track them down.
“If any of them that is making the decision, if they are a woman, if they have their children, the worst thing that can happen to any mother is to lose a child,” Abiola pleads, “For that reason alone, I’m appealing to them, and for the fact that Olayinka did not commit any crime, it’s not a crime for her to be a girl. She shouldn’t be crucified for that.”