Denver Post 03-07-2010
Trinidad surgeon helps women escape past of mutilation
The Denver Post
03/07/2010 02:21:56 AM MST
Dr. Marci Bowers slipped into a chair in Exam Room 3, folded one long leg over another, looked at her patienta young woman with wide eyes and a nervous smile — and got to the point.
“We want to help make your life better,” Bowers said.
Mariama is as tiny as the 5-foot-10-inch Bowers is formidable, as soft-spoken as Bowers is confident. Mariama speaks softly and smiles easily, but a few hours with her make clear that her determination is as strong as it is quiet.
She is 26 and lives with her husband and daughter in Virginia, and didn’t want her last name used. Originally, she is from Guinea, a country about the size of Oregon on Africa’s western coast. Guinea has about 10 million residents, and about 96 percent of the women there have, like Mariama, been genitally mutilated.
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