Inna was born twice. The first time was in Mali 34 years ago. The second was on the operating block of a French surgeon, Pierre Foldès, at the age at the age of 22. The doctor healed the irreparable: her terrible injury, an excision, done to her when she was 5.

Inna is a singer, and sings herself through music and words. Her lifelong fight is that against excision practices. She is an Ambassador for the Maison des Femmes, an institution dedicated to female victims of sexual, and emotional violence.

“ I HAVE THE WORDS OF COMFORT IN MY MOUTH AND DREAMS OF A BETTER WORLD BEHIND MY EYELID.”

She takes part in many group discussion therapies in France, and around the world, because she believes speaking is the first step towards healing. The most difficult hurdle to overcome for a victim of such violence, is shame. Shame kept silent. By sharing with other women on her path, she gives them hope and confidence.
Her credo: no one has the right to abuse women’s bodies. She’s a soft yet relentless advocate through her work and words.

14 May 2019