Where Omar hails from, Somalia, more than 90% of young girls have their genitals mutilated before puberty.
What I didn’t know until seeing this film is that there are four kinds of genital mutilations, each one more barbaric than the other. The operation, in which parts of a girl’s clitoris and labia are cut off, causes urine retention, infertility and sometimes death. Those lucky enough to survive such a process will never enjoy sexual relations. But that’s the main idea behind FGM – to prevent a girl from becoming sexually promiscuous both before and after marriage. (Apparently, it didn’t work on Omar who had several affairs, including one with her brother)
The procedure in places like Somalia is carried out by old women, with unsterilized tools and no anesthetic for the girls as you will see in the below video.