‘The doctor wrote a question mark for my child’s sex’

_106487730_kenya-illustration-1a-1920Source: BBC News

By Megha Mohan

When doctors wrote a question mark instead of a sex on her child’s birth papers, Catherine filed a high court case that has prompted Kenya to start changing its approach to intersex children.

The year is 2009.

It’s been five days since Catherine (not her real name) gave birth to her first child at the modest Nairobi home that she shares with her husband. But there’s a problem.

“Something was off with my baby’s body,” she tells me.

Catherine asks her neighbour to come and take a look. She points at her child’s genitalia and the neighbour bends down.

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Categories: Africa, gender, Kenya

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