'"When people see me and I smile at them, they think I like what I went through... [but] I wish I could run away," she told IRIN. "My grandmother said I must be cut so I can be a good girl in future.
"I was afraid to go, but they forced me and now I am feeling a lot of pain. I can't go to school until I heal," she added.
Ruth's father says the pain is worth the respect she will earn from the community as a circumcised woman.'