What was never said – deals with a practice carried out worldwide but reasonaby unknown to many teenage NZ readers – female gential mutilation (FMG) – according to the World Health Organisation between 100-400 million women and girls are living with the consequences of FMG. The narrator, Zahra witnesses her sister die from complications caused by a ‘primitive’ FMG ceremony.
When the family leave Africa and head to the UK, Zahra thinks that she will be safe from the practice carried out in her homeland. She wants to love and trust her parents and extended family – but it is only her ‘modern’ cousin, herself a survivor of FMG, who can save her in the end.
A very sensitive theme, dealt with in an honest and non dramatic way.
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