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The Sixth Birthday
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The Sixth Birthday

 

Today is her sixth birthday. The sun is shining in the sky,surrounded by the heavy cloud. She is the charming princess in her mind--and she makes a wish that she can enjoy the sweet rice every day. Suddenly the cloud covers the sun. And her heart is filled with a sense of fear .It seems that a crowd of people are closing the tent, including the oldest woman of the tribe. Not knowing what they want to do, the scream of her sister frightens her. She sees her sister’s face turns to distortion. She sees the glass fragment, the knife, the thistles and thorns. She sees the bloody red the calico.Can you foresee what will happen to her? I want to talk about the circumcision of Africa.

 

  We need to know what is wrong on the other side of the world. More than 6,000 girls are hurt in this way every day in African. So far about 13,000,000 girls in the 50 countries around the world have been circumcised, bearing their crosses day and night. In most countries of Africa, both boys and girls will be circumcised. The difference is that the day to boy is an big day ; to girl is a everlasting nightmare. Because the tribal society treats  boys and girls in a different way.

 

This custom originated from Judaism 2000 years ago. Primitive religion considered the female as “filthy or unclean thing that makes man degenerate.” In its view, the female can not enjoy the joy of sexual intercourse. They are just a plaything for man. The circumcision is the base of being loyal. It is indispensable and compulsive.

 

But how can we say someone is unclean just because she is a female? How can we turn female into a tool for sexual intercourse? How can we ignore every single person is human that we cannot blasphemy her life in such way?

 

Doubtlessly, the circumcision of woman is a way to show and defend the status of the man. They respect the labor, in other words, the low productivity determines the tough situation. If the economic pattern cannot be changed, the lopsided status of man and woman will be not changed easily. Agricultural economy creates the religion --the part of the African culture, and finally influences the life woman lead. If one can not make sure of his food, how can he care about the humanity?

 

The god gives birth to every boy and girl equally. Nobody is sinful because of his birth. Nobody can be valued by cloth, livestock or money. Girls who do not want to suffer from such pain are not guilt; the old custom which against humanity is sinful, especially the man who defends his self-esteem barbarously.

 

As the words in the end of the movie the desert flower says “Today is your lucky day.”

 

I hope every day every girl and woman can stand up freely, getting rid of the harmful custom.

I hope the society can balance the value of man and woman. Husband and wife can respect and trust each other.

I hope nobody will be shamed because she is a female in Africa.

I hope we can hold an objective attitude towards sex. We keep body clean for husband because of love and loyal heart, not forced by the deep hurt of heart and body.

 

Today is her sixth birthday. A crowd of people come into her tent including the oldest woman of the tribe. She sings and dances freely with the bright sunshine. Her mother tells her that her sister married two months ago and leads a happy life now. And she smiles from ear to ear.

Written by Abey(符晓雪);

2015 English Class 4;

                                                              Edited by Grace (杜明惠).

 

 

 

 
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