Egyptian Man Becomes a Woman – level 2

17-11-2020 07:00

Farida Aly was born in Egypt. She was born as a man, but she always felt like a woman. It was difficult for her because she could not talk to anybody about her feelings.

Farida spent many years undergoing blood and personality tests. Doctors scanned her brain, and they said that Farida had mental problems. Farida wanted to become a woman, and she decided to undergo an operation that would change her gender.

In Egypt, it is legal to change a gender, but Egypt is a conservative Muslim country. It means that people do not like new things and they find them bad. Farida lost her job and she had to leave her family. She moved to another town where people did not know about her past. Now, Farida teaches children from the neighborhood and she hopes to have her own child one day.

Difficult words: undergo (to go through something), scan (to look at something with a machine), gender (if a person is a man or a woman), neighborhood (an area where someone lives).

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