As part of this week’s Amnesty teen takeover, we’re running a daily interview between a top teen author who has written about a human rights issue in a recent novel and a finalist in Amnesty’s Young Human Rights Reporter competition.Fourth up in the series is Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer and Jumped, who tackled the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM) in her novel No Laughter Here. Interview by Louise WylieWhy did you choose to write about this topic?Female genital mutilation (FGM) had been on my mind for a long time, even before I wrote No Laughter Here. I attended a seminar devoted to the topic in the 90s hosted by Alice Walker, author of Possessing The Secret Of Joy. There were many women speakers but no girls to speak of their experience. Perhaps the women spoke from the girl within them. If they had, I missed it. I knew I wanted to write about this topic from a girl’s point of view and to not treat it as an adult subject. I thought I would write about a girl whose best friend had undergone FGM and that nothing would be the same for them thereafter. I planned …read more

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