Sister Fa will be on tour again in May for her sensitization campaign “EDUCATION SANS EXCISION” (Education without cutting). With her partners from Orchid Project, London she will travel this time to Guinea to visit several villages in the northern part of the country.
Befor leaving to Guinea she will do evaluation work for her project she did with World Vision in March 2014 in southern Senegal. For this reason she will travel there again and visit the places she went to see what happend since.
The project “L’art au Service de la Protection de L’Enfant” from Sister Fa and World Vision has started in the area of Kolda, Senegal in the village Linkiring. After Sister Fa and her team met with the representatives from World Vision they went into different classes to hundreds of students who were visibly happy to meet Sister Fa for the first time.
Sister Fa did a lecture on the right of the child at the YEROBA BALDE school from Linkiring accompanied by an art workshop of artistic expression where the students could express their understanding of their rights. After the sensitization work Sister Fa played a concert for the whole population of Linkiring.
Sister Fa is back from her sensitization tour “Education sans Excision” in the region of Fouta, northern Senegal. She already new that the people in this region are very serious concerning this practice. So she was not shure if they will accept her because she is also not from the same ethnie. But she and her staff could really do a very successfull work in Guinea and in three villages in Fouta. To be shure she also got the permition from the local authorities to do her work at the schools. But at the end in one village they didn’t wanted her work and they became really aggressive and before it got physical dangerous for her and her staff they had to leave the village Haere Lao. Please read the full articel on this case below written by seneweb.com. We translated it in English. Here you can find the original article in french: Sister Fa agressée à Aéré Lao
Video from the scene at the classroom showing young fanatics opposing against Sister Fa’s work:
Fight Against Female Genital Cutting: Sister Fa attacked at Haere Lao
As part of her tour “Education without Cutting”, the rapper Sister Fa had the surprise of her life in Podor (northern Senegal). Back from Guinea, Sister Fa visited Haere Lao with her caravan to sensitize the people on human rights, children’s rights to education, the fight against early marriage of girls, Female Genital Cutting, etc. .. She also came to the local College (Cem), but not without going first to prefecture, where she obtained an administrative authorization from the City Hall. It is at this level where, in the absence of the mayor, she was told by the deputy mayor to suspend her activities.
She naturally refused and went to visit the college. On site, while unfolding her activities based on a participatory model, where the young speak about their problems themselves, she received at full class a visit of thirty fanatics, all young. When the present teachers and the principal of the college wanted to oppose and expulse these fanatics, Sister Fa took them and asked them to explain the reasons for their presence on the scene, explaining that Female Genital Cutting was prohibited by law 1999. Pretend to be comprehensive, these young then argued that they too wanted to participate at the discussion and massed at the back of the classroom.
But when the debate on Female Genital Cutting started, one of them spoke out that they were there on behalf of the Kalif of Haere Lao and that he was against any ban on FGC, it is, according to them, allowed and even recommended by Islam. This led to heated debates on the position of Islam against excision. The young man, sent by the Kalif, then started threatening the people and tried to approach the rapper, despite the opposition of the representatives of the college, which built a circle, to protect Sister Fa. She was also copiously molested.
One of the fanatics then grabbed violently Sister Fa’s arm to get her out of the place. Her arm still keeps bruises. The representative of the parents, feeling that things were likely to get worse, then advised Sister Fa to suspend her activities. She accepted because of the dangerous situation. Indeed, when she had finished taking her lunch at a parents house and when the sensitization caravan left Haere Lao she came by at the college and saw a hundred men and women, armed with machetes, clubs and stones, gathered outside.
They thought Sister Fa would return to the scene and were waiting to cause her real problem. This means that she escaped at the last moment. But the prefect warned to send a squad of police reinforcement. He promised that things will not remain there and that justice would take up the case. (Article written by Seneweb.com / Translated from French into English)
Sister Fa will leave again for three weeks to Senegal for her sensitization project “Education sans Excision”. In cooperation with the NGO’s Orchid Project from London and Tostan Senegal she will go this time to the northern region of Fouta and to Guinea Conakry. She will play concerts and do workshops and discussion rounds in four diffderent locations in northern Senegal and at the beginning of the tour shewill be for a couple of days in Conakry, Guinea for the first time since her project exists. So this time Sister Fa is reaching for new areas with her project and it will be very interesting to see what will happen.
Since a few days Sister Fa back from Senegal and her sensitization tour “Education sans Excision”. This time it was really hard work because it was extremely hot so that Sister Fa and many others of the staff had serious health problems. But at the end they all made it back to Dakar and we can say that the effort was worth it. Sister Fa was travelling with members of World Vision Senegal, UNESCO, FAWE Senegal and Artwork for Change plus LMNZ (a German rapper) and her Senegalese staff. They visited three villages in the southern region of Kolda. Mandadouane, Kounkane and Dabo. Together with Susan Mensah from Artwork for Change she used the instrument of art to see what the students in the villages know about human rights. They gave them black painted Calabasses and asked them to paint on them what they think are human rights. The results were amazing. The young students were very creative. In every village they went into the school classes to do workshops and talk to the students about Female Genital Cutting. It wasn’t very easy to convince them to talk open to Sister Fa about their own experiences. Two girls for example thought that if they talk open about this practice they can get an illness. In all three villages they also played very successful concerts and they were received by the local authorities and they encouraged them in their work. In total it was a very tuff but successful journey. In May 2013 Sister Fa will be back with her Project in Senegal. This time in the northern region.