In an exclusive interview prior to his departure, he said:
“I am going to New York to attend an event to be held at the ONE UN Plaza Hotel to meet the new global generation of campaigners against Female Genital Mutilation. This is part and parcel of a global campaign by the Guardian newspaper with their young activists to harness the world’s media to End Female `Genital Mutilation, using it to back the emerging generation’s fight to end FGM across the world.
“On Thursday 12th March they are presenting two of those most passionate of campaigners, 24-year-old Domtila Chesang from Kenya and my compatriot 25-year-old Jaha Dukureh, who are driving forward this media campaign – and inspiring other young women and men around the world to follow their example. The meeting will be held during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which brings decision-makers and activists globally to the UN. It is from 1-3pm on Thursday 12th March.”
He added: “I am particularly grateful to The Standard newspaper staff and management for this unique opportunity to contribute my modest mound to the sum total of efforts to end this practice through media sensitisation. Rallying people to such causes that will alleviate the suffering of millions of vulnerable girls around the world, to my mind, is the triumph of the written word.”]]>