The girls are often around 5 or 6.
No pain relief is used.
The blade is often dull and dirty.
Aunties, cousins etc will hold the child down while it is performed.
The wound is then sewed back up leaving a tiny opening only, often 'natural plants, thorns' are used for the stitching.
The girls legs are binded together so they must stay still while healing.
Infection and blood loss will kill some.
After all this trauma on the girls wedding night the old wound must be re-opened to allow sexual intercourse by the husband.
You said it Tia, I couldn't describe it earlier because it's very disturbing, I can't stand seeing somebody in pain....