Clitoridectomy among Shuwa Arabs of Borno, Nigeria

Usman Al-amin

Affiliation: Department of History. University of Maiduguri. Borno State, Nigeria

Keywords: Clitoridectomy, genitalia, circumcision, mutilation, Shuwa Arabs, female

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

DOI: 10.17160/josha.8.4.785

Languages: English

The study focuses on the origin, nature and effects of Clitoridectomy among Shuwa Arabs of Borno, Nigeria. Clitoridectomy comprises of various procedures which removes or damage the external female genital organs for no medical reasons or purpose. It has no health benefits and is recognized to cause severe short- and long-term damage to both physical and psychological health of the victims. The study reveals that despite the negative health consequences, yet the Shuwa Arabs still adhere to the practice and consider it as normal as the circumcision are normal in almost every other community.

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