Miss Confidence Mbam, a 17 year old idigene od Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State narrated how she escaped being circumcised.
Confidence , a student of Comprehensive Secondary School Achacha 1 Community Igbagu escaped from over 10 men and elder women who took her hostage, held her bound to enable a traditional birth attendant mutilate her against her wish of being circumcised.
In an interview with Leadership during an advocacy visit to Achacha 1 Community with a team of United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF representatives, miss Mbam said that trouble started when her father informed her that she would be circumcised in a few days time.
On the faithful day, when i was asked to proceed for the circumcision and i objected, about 10 men and women took me hostage, held me bound and forcefully wanted to carry out the circumcision.
Fortunately for me, I managed to wriggle out from them and immediately ran to the Pastor of our church who took me in and haboured me for the night.
The next morning and still in a state of confusion, the Pastor came up with an idea that I should leave the village and travel to Cross River State and stay with my elder brother for the mean time.
I left the village and went to stay with my elder brother until I was asked to return to the village following the quick intervention of UNICEF and other agencies that were reliably informed of the incident and they quickly intervened.
Miss Mbam who is a JSS 1 student insisted that any further attempt to force her into circumcision would still force her to escape from their home again .
She added that before now she has been enlightened in her school and church of dangers of female genital mutilation which prompted her action.
The father of Miss Confidence Mbam, Mr. Bernard Mbam who is the village head of Achacha 1 community said that she had informed the daughter of plan to have her circumcised at the 17 but to her surprise she escaped from the community and ran to Cross River State from where she was mandated to return home after the intervention of UNICEF.
Mr. Mbam said that with the enlightenment and advocacy visit of UNICEF to the community, he would henceforth lead the campaign against female genital mutilation and commended UNICEF and other non-governmental organization for their effort.
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the residence of Mr. Mbam when 3 women including the grandmother of miss Confidence rained abuses on her and threatened to carry out the circumcision should the UNICEF team leaves leaving her behind which prompted the founder of Adline Advocacy for the Dignity of the Destitute to forstall the plan had to immediately take custody of the girl.
In an interview with Leadership, the Founder of the advocacy group,Mrs. Idike said that she decided not to allow the girl stay back in the village as the women were prepared to take laws into their hands by mutilating the girl and face the outcome.
She stated that with the girl out from the village, she has saved her from the agony of being mutilated and said that her group would intensify the campaign in Achacha 1 community and other villages in Izzi where the practice is still very high.