Maria Tomas-Rodriguez

Title: Back to school

About the Photo:
Young girl after school. Kenya 2019. In many places, when Christmas holidays are over, girls are back to their homework routines, classes, and perhaps midterm exams. In some Kenyan villages, girls aged between 9-17 years old returning to school after the Christmas break means that they will be subjected to pregnancy tests and examined for female genital mutilation – FGM – by trained medical professionals in local schools and clinics. The tests have been put in place as many girls are forced to undergo FGM during the Christmas vacation, and pregnancies following it are not uncommon.