Queen Arawelo of Somalia – The Washington Post

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Queen Arawelo of Somalia – The Washington Post

April 12, 2019| Arlaadi Online

Growing up in Somalia, a country where stories are handed down through generations, one of the first tales that children are told is about an ancient queen who fought to give women power by castrating men.

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