A female genital mutilation survivor has spoken out about being attacked on a London bus by a woman whose child she had told that FGM was a form of abuse.
Hibo Wardere, 46, fled Somalia’s civil war when she was 18, 12 years after suffering FGM – the brutal and potentially lethal practice which occurs in the UK every 96 minutes.
The mother-of-four now visits schools educating children about the barbaric tradition, which angered her attacker who seized the opportunity to confront her after spotting Ms Wardere on the bus.Ms Wardere told The Evening Standard:
‘I had a scary confrontation on the 257 bus in Walthamstow’.
‘A woman with a full niqab recognised me and ran at me screaming my name and snarling, “You came to my child’s school, you told her FGM was abuse.”
‘I could only see her eyes but they were full of rage.
‘She was so angry she had to be dragged off the bus, but I was jumping for joy inside because that meant a child had confronted their parent.’
The data, released ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM on February 6, show that 1,385 cases were reported between July and September.
Some 758 were in London with the next biggest cluster (227) in the Midlands and east of England.
Ms Wardere is pressuring the Government for the dangers of FGM to be put on the national curriculum so that the UK ‘can raise an entire generation to protect themselves’.
Her memoir, Cut: One Woman’s Fight against FGM in Britain Today, is published on Thursday.