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‘Real Housewives of Dubai’ star Chanel Ayan opened up about the female student surviving circumcision at the age of 5

‘Real Housewives of Dubai’ star Chanel Ayan recently shared about the traumatic experience she endured at the age of 5. The Somali and Ethiopian reality TV star has revealed that she has circumcised women – a cultural trick used to maintain a woman’s virginity until marriage.

Ayan talked to E! news after discussing the procedure on the most recent episode of ‘RHOB’, saying that she feels betrayed by her culture.

I am a survivor. I feel that I have been completely betrayed by my culture and my family. This is just a barbaric practice, and it shouldn’t happen to young girls. It happened to me 35 years ago, and I never got over it.”

The fashion designer explained that the fact that her mother and grandmother took her to a stranger’s house to have her genitals sewn on had hurt her both physically and mentally. In this scene, Chanel tearfully describes the procedure.

We were tied at the feet. Unable to urinate. Can not move. When we needed to pee, they would pick us up and put us on the grass. I just didn’t understand what the hell was going on and my mom didn’t know it was happening to us either.”

I think trauma is something that I will live with for the rest of my life. This is why I want to talk about it because I really don’t want this to happen to anyone, because I know exactly how it feels and it’s not good. A lot of girls suffer from depression, hormonal imbalance, a lot of young girls die.”

Female mutilation still happens globally, and Ayan hopes to use her platform to raise awareness of the issue. She also plans to use the profits from her new makeup line, Ayan Beauty, to help her cause.

I just feel like after opening up about it I took my power away from the people who did this to me that I trusted the most because I’m 5 years old and I don’t know what’s going on with me. I don’t even know what’s going on. As long as I use my platform to raise awareness to prevent this – if I can save 20 girls, 100 girls, 500 girls, I feel that’s my purpose.


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