A lot has happend since my last tour report. We have arrived safely in Ziguinchor in the south of Senegal. On Wednesday (9th May) we visited different school classes in Ziguinchor to talk to the youth about our project and what they can do about it. We had some very interesting conversations with the young students and they were very comprehensiv. Always when I have the chance to talk to these young people and when I see how they follow my message it gives me a lot of strength, that the practice of Female Genital Cutting can come to an end very soon.
Wednesday afternoon I was invited at the radio station Zig FM to talk about our tour and to invite everybody to our concert. Finally in the evening we played our very successfull concert at the school grounds of one school we have visited in the morning.
Thursday we continued our trip to Thionck Essyk, my home town. We arrived there late afternoon and were received by my great Sister Fa fanclub. In the evening I had a meeting with a huge crowd of young people from the village. We had some very constructive discussions. I told them what consequences the practice of FGC has for the health of the woman and especially I tried to encourage them to promote the human rights also by themesselves. I think I could convince them to spread the informations about this harmful practice amongst their familys, friends and neighbours so they can participate to end FGC soon.
Friday morning we all visited the school of Thionck Essyl where we talked again with the students about our project. At the same time I also try to help the school to build up a better infrastructure. They need new blackboards, a better access to fresh water for the studensts, as well as new toillets. So I talked with the teachers, to know what is needed and I also explained them what I have already tried to do to get some funds.
The same day in the evening we played another concert, which was again a big success. Nearly the whole population of Thionck Essyl came and I was very touched by their massiv support.