Gambian activist to naturalize in US

Jaha Dukureh

Jaha Dukureh

Mustapha K Darboe

According to Associated Press, the Gambian Female genital mutilation survivor and activist Jaha Dukureh is expected to be among more than 200 citizenship candidates naturalized in Atlanta.

The paper reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the 25-year-old Gambia native will be among the candidates during Tuesday’s ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The paper revealed that Dukureh took and passed the civics exam required for citizenship two weeks ago in Atlanta.

That same day she flew to Washington to meet with U.S. congressional representatives and obtain help for immigrant women in the U.S. who are reportedly still suffering from the mutilation practices.

According to the paper report, Dukureh said becoming a U.S. citizen will give her the freedom to speak against the practice with a degree of freedom not available in her native country.

Jaha Dukureh has started her anti-FGM activism in the United States but has recently extended her struggle against the practice to The Gambia.

She is the founder of the Safe Hands for Girls, a young women association that speaks against violence against women in the country.


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