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GAZA: Palestinian girl undergoes a sex-change operation

For fifteen years, Fatima Abed Rabbo lived as a girl in Jabalya, Gaza. She wore girl's clothing, and went to an all-girl's school. But shortly after turning 12, Fatima, now renamed Odai, recalls undergoing changes. "I was normal. I used to be a girl and my name was Fatima. Before my father found out and the doctors checked me, I felt like a girl. But after I turned 12 years old, I began feeling more like a boy than a girl," Odai Abed Rabbo told Reuters Television. Majd Abed Rabbo, Odai's father,...

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JABALYA, GAZA STRIP (SEPTEMBER 6, 2009) (REUTERS) ODAI ABED RABBO (FORMERLY FATIMA) WHO CHANGED HIS GENDER FROM FEMALE TO MALE, SITTING IN BETWEEN WITH HIS FATHER AND UNCLE ODAI IN YELLOW T-SHIRT WITH HIS FATHER CLOSE OF ODAI'S FACE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ODAI ABED RABBO, TRANSGENDER, SAYING "I was normal. I used to be a girl and my name was Fatima. Before my father found out and the doctors checked me, I felt like a girl. But after I turned twelve years old, I began feeling more like a boy than a girl." ODAI SITTING ON BED MORE OF ODAI CLOSE OF ODAI'S EYES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAJD ABED RABBO, FATHER OF ODAI, SAYING: "Here in the Gaza Strip, the doctor wanted to charge 3000 dollars per surgery (out of a total of three). Since I could not afford that, I decided to go abroad. But while making travel arrangements, a Spanish medical delegation specialising in Urology happened to be visiting the Strip. So I went to al-Awda hospital and met with the doctors. The (Spanish) doctor ch...

JABALYA, GAZA STRIP (SEPTEMBER 6, 2009) (REUTERS) ODAI ABED RABBO (FORMERLY FATIMA) WHO CHANGED HIS GENDER FROM FEMALE TO MALE, SITTING IN BETWEEN WITH HIS FATHER AND UNCLE ODAI IN YELLOW T-SHIRT WITH HIS FATHER CLOSE OF ODAI'S FACE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ODAI ABED RABBO, TRANSGENDER, SAYING "I was normal. I used to be a girl and my name was Fatima. Before my father found out and the doctors checked me, I felt like a girl. But after I turned twelve years old, I began feeling more like a boy than a girl." ODAI SITTING ON BED MORE OF ODAI CLOSE OF ODAI'S EYES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAJD ABED RABBO, FATHER OF ODAI, SAYING: "Here in the Gaza Strip, the doctor wanted to charge 3000 dollars per surgery (out of a total of three). Since I could not afford that, I decided to go abroad. But while making travel arrangements, a Spanish medical delegation specialising in Urology happened to be visiting the Strip. So I went to al-Awda hospital and met with the doctors. The (Spanish) doctor checked him just two days before he travelled back. He performed only one surgery instead of three." ODAI'S SITTING ON BED / ODAI'S FATHER AND UNCLE ODAI'S BROTHER VARIOUS OF PICTURES OF ODAI WHEN HE WAS FEMALE 'FATIMA' (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ODAI ABED RABBO, TRANSGENDER, SAYING "I feel much more comfortable now, I feel like I was born again. I feel free. Anyway, I prefer now to be male because this society privileges males over females. The females in our society are not respected, and their ideas are not respected either. This society is much more acceptant of males than females." ODAI WALKING THROUGH HIS HOUSE PHOTOGRAPH OF ODAI WHEN HE WAS STILL FEMALE, WEARING A RED SHIRT, WITH HIS COUSINS / THE COUSIN WHO IS CARRYING A CHILD ALSO CHANGED HER GENDER TO MALE ODAI POINTING AT THE PICTURE CLOSE PICTURE SHOWING ODAI WHEN HE WAS FEMALE CHILD FATIMA ODAI STANDING

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