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Sierra Leone News : Pathologist Heads to Makeni for Post Mortem on Teenager
By Abdul Malik Bangura
Aug 18, 2016, 17:10
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Government Consultant Pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, will this morning of 18th August 2016, head along with a team of CID police officers to northern headquarters city of Makeni so as to conduct a post mortem on a 19 years old female who died following her initiation into the Bondo society.

 

The late Fatmata Turay died either of bleeding from female circumcision or from some other ailment as yet unknown. The post mortem is to determine the exact cause.

 

Members of the National Council of Soweis (practitioners of female circumcision) from all over Sierra Leone have thronged to Makeni since the news broke. The Soweis have vowed to upkeep their promise to stand by the government should any Sowei breach the MOU that prohibits forceful initiation or underaged initiation.

 

The post mortem findings will determine the next steps to be taken.

 

Meanwhile, Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs Dr. Sylvia Blyden has firmly stated that there is no ban on Bondo initiation in Sierra Leone.

 

"I have read in some reports that the Government has a total ban on Bondo initiation. That is totally untrue. The State of Emergency due to Ebola is now ended. Various chiefdoms have their bye laws governing them but at the Central Government level, there is no ban. What we heavily frown upon is forceful and/or underaged initiations of girls. If any woman above the age of 18 years wishes to be initiated into Bondo and requests for that, there is nothing banning her from doing so," Hon. Dr. Blyden assured.


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