Saffiatu Sillah, whose circumcision caused her  agonising pain during the births of her children, Mijan  and Jaria, at home in Philadelphia. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/ The New York Times

She called it her “deepest, darkest secret”, one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African n(...)

Moya Henderson: “You develop at your own pace, are encouraged to meditate, to blossom and bloom as a human being and to be the best person you can be.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

“With the greatest of respect Claude, a lot of people would describe you as a nut,” – it’s a winter’s night in 1988 and Gay Byrne is in full flow. Fr(...)