National Geographic : 2017 Jan
132 national geographic • January 2017 In Kabala, Sierra Leone, Elizabeth, 19, and Rebecca, 13, dance in a Bondo ritual. Elders say Bondo, which traditionally includes the cutting or removing of external genitalia, ties girls to their communities and readies them for marriage. It also aims to limit women’s sexuality and is physically and emotionally harmful. In Sierra Leone most females have undergone genital mutilation.