We can read about female genital mutilation and shudder with empathy, but that reaction is necessarily bounded by the clumsiness of our imagination. How can it possibly stretch to encompass the scope and intensity of the life experiences and implications of any abstraction? We were not there; we were not absorbed by the impact of the abstraction.
Absorb the vividness and reverberating impact of genital mutilation in the life of this woman, as she struggles with the anger and yearning that “removing the bug” had and has on her life. What a reminder to require that we have BOTH the statistics and the story when we attempt to grasp a monumental event outside the scope of our lives.