"This training is good. To me, really, it changed my life because before the concept I had on this FGM/C was different. Before, when I heard people saying "FGM/C is not good", I would tell they don't know what they are saying because it's culture and we found our guys doing it, so I used to be against people, telling them that is good. But later on, when Wassu Gambia Kafo came to train us, I later knew that the concept I had on this FGM/C, is not what is happening. What I learnt here has changed my life because I was a victim, as I said here in the class. I was circumcised at the age of nine years, by then I was in Grade II. But the time they were taking me, I was not informed. In the morning they just came and told me that "you are going to eat bananas, today you will have plenty bananas". So I was happy, I'm telling my guys, today we are going to eat lots of bananas. So after we went there, I found myself in a critical situation, where I suffered a lot. It was terrible for me, because the bleeding they are saying here… on that day I bled, I over bled. They tried to help me to control the bleeding, but really it was a bad day for me. This training made me change a lot, I have learnt a lot through these complications.
As far as I am a Community Health Worker and I am attached at the community, what I plan now is, when I got back, I would try to sensitize my people, specially my traditional birth attendant and the village health workers, I will sensitize them and the influential persons in the villages. I will talk to them and sensitize them about the negative impact of FGM/C.
I am very proud of Wassu Gambia Kafo, because you people, you are helping the Nation. Is not helping the health worker alone, but you are helping the Nation, because as far as you are training the health workers, it means you are training the whole Nation. Because we, the health workers, are the ones dealing with the community, so if you train us, we can go to the community and express and give them feedback. So I am very happy because you are changing our lives. Before, what we were thinking, and now, what we are seeing, is different. So definitely, Wassu Gambia Kafo, a big thank you to you."