(ABC News) When "Sarah" first told her story, she did not want to show her face or give her real name. The American-born woman underwent female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting, when she was 7 years old.
In 2015, ABC News interviewed her, obscuring her face for privacy and giving her a pseudonym.
"I remember feeling pain," she told ABC News. "I was crying, so I was scared during it because it hurt."
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In 2016 she decided to publicly reveal herself as Mariya Taher.