She said 

"open her legs"

Women, all in black held me down at 8 years old,

Told me, 

I am woman.

The cutter, takes a knife out her pouch and puts her head between my legs 

"You will become woman"

I didn't know what any of it meant,

The pain, as if someone just traced a knife along my spine and poured salt over it.

She watches, proud of the job.


Amerah Saleh

Spoken word artist. Head of Creative Learning at Beatfreeks. Loves bowties and creating change (not in that order).