As Leyla, Amina and Howa have found, tradition and peer pressure are tough constraints.
But they are strong-minded young women and there is a sense history on their side.
During the war, women from traditional backgrounds were among those who fought on the front-line.
"There was no distinction between men and women," says Belainesh.
"So we used to work together in the kitchen and we used to fight the enemy together."
But the problem now is that there is no enemy, only tough dilemmas and tricky choices.
How does Belainesh think our three sisters will decide?
"Leyla, I believe she will not circumcise her daughter. And Amina... maybe 65% she will deliver in the health centre. Howa - she has cultural pressure - but she will break away because she has to come out of poverty to send her children to school."
"Traditional attitudes do not change within a day or a month or a year," she says. "It needs a lot of time to change in order to transform women to a better life."
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This is a very difficult decision for the sisters. A tradition instilled for many years is hard to let go. But then again it is never too late for the sisters to give it a chance. Being from the United States this is unimaginable let alone accepted. We must respect them for being strong in a tradition we can never imagine. Sonia Quevedo, Bakersfield, California
I have had a taste of the cultural pressures that are still present among the Eritrean community abroad. Howa mentioned the gossip she has to deal with which is very strong and holds many people back in Eritrean communities everywhere. These women will need a lot of courage and strength to do what is right. For any change to happen in Eritrea, the first step required is a change in mindset. Eritrean-Canadian, London, Canada
I think it is high time health ministries in all African countries (especially the ones which practise female circumcision) raise awareness about female circumcision and why it should be stopped. As an African woman, I know women back home face much tougher life choices and it is high time the world hears about it. Flora Nduku, Trondheim, Norway
I really admire the strength of these women, who have faced circumstances that I could never imagine. I am also pleased to see that the Eritrean government is taking a formals stand against the mutilation and oppression of these women. Although it will take a long time for these traditions to be widely rejected, it is still an encouraging step toward progress. Bernadette, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Though the sisters have to make tough decisions, I believe the information they have been equipped with will help them reach the best decision. This will help other women confronted with similar situations to make up their minds too. Victor Idighisai, Lagos, Nigeria
As a citizen of an under-privileged and conservative country, I can understand these three sisters' problems quite well. But I believe that women can secure their rights if they can get out of their fear, inertia and superstitions. Governments and societies of all countries should provide all possible support and take all necessary steps to help women build their lives. Most importantly, men should think of women as their partners, not as their subordinates. Tohfa Nazim, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
It is indeed unfortunate that people, in particular, women and children have to go through such horrible man-made difficulties. As an Eritrean, I can testify that the difficulties are not only caused by unhealthy traditions, but also by irresponsible governments and so-called western donors who pay lip service to the suffering of the poor in the South. If there were enough schools and health centre with good governance and responsible media, all the unwanted traditions in Eritrea would have vanished by now. Bohashem, London, UK
My heart aches for these women and for their children. Reading these stories one cannot believe we are living in the 21st Century. There is so much wrong with so many lives in this world but so much more wrong in the lives of women. As a woman of 70 I have lived through so much change in my own western society. There is a total feeling of helplessness as to how life can be made better for them. I hope their strengths can help them make the right decisions. Anne Fuller, Auckland, New Zealand
Leyla is very brave going against tradition in this way. Circumcision is not natural nor God inspired. If we were designed to be without certain parts of the body they would never have been there in the first place. Shirley Stickland, Alicante, Spain
These women face much tougher life choices than we do where their basic survival almost depends on it. Our toughest choices are which gas company to go with for the best deal or which supermarket is cheapest. These people constantly live hand to mouth. I don't envy their choices at all. SG, Leeds, UK
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