More Than A Survivor: An interview with Saleha

Sahiyo understands that being a survivor of female genital cutting (FGC) is just one moment of your life and only one part of who you are as a person. Oftentimes, being labeled as a survivor can prevent people from seeing a person in any other context beyond survivorship.

Our campaign, #MoreThanASurvivor, explores our individuality and shows the world what makes us unique. After all, who we are is made up of all the moments in our lives, not just one.


Where do you live?

I currently reside in Hyderabad, India.

Where’s the favorite place you have traveled to, lived in, or would like to visit?

Ever since I watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, I have been dreaming to visit or maybe live in Tuscany, Italy. 

What are some of your passions?

Music is my biggest salvation, and I have been working hard to make a career out of it. 

What does an average day look like for you?

If it isn’t a holiday, my day begins with some cuddles from my cats followed by office work. A major part of my day goes into brainstorming about new music!

What are some things you do for self-care?

I make sure to detox once a week and also indulge in some skincare routine. Oh, I love cooking, as it is quite therapeutic to me.

What are five words to describe you?

It is difficult to say as we as humans keep on changing for good. 

What are your hobbies?

I love reading books and binge-watching series on Netflix.

What is your profession or what career would you like to be in?

I am a Content Developer at an International School, currently. I want to see myself as an established musician and also start an NGO that works towards girls’ education.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

So many things, but I am on my way to be what I have always dreamt the most to be!

What is your favorite food?

Chicken, spaghetti and pizza

What is a hidden talent that you possess?

Oh, I recently discovered that I not only love cooking, but am good at it!

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