Atieno Otieno is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a master's degree in international journalism from Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

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In rural Kenya, a path to adulthood without female genital mutilation

Eighty girls wearing orange shirts hold candles aloft at the St. Charles Lwanga Parish, the flames shining in their eyes. After a week of lectures and seminars, these 80 girls are announcing to their families, their church, and the world: We are the light that will shine across Kenya, we will not undergo female genital mutilation.