The operation lasts just fifteen minutes. A little girl is entirely nude, her legs spread wide apart while she is held down by several women. A traditional practitioner offers a short prayer, takes a sharp razor, and excises the clitoris.
She cuts from top to bottom. Then, to ensure adhesion, the practitioner uses four acacia thorns which pierce one side and pass through the other. These are held in place by a thread or horse-hair. The girl is defenseless; her unbearable pain is
expressed in howls.