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The Sad Story of Katoucha Niane

Katoucha is a very unique names and we really couldn’t find any reliable information on its meaning. French model, Katoucha Niane, is the only person with that name in English and French wikipedia. There have never been 5 people in any given year named Katoucha in the United States.

Katoucha’s story is not one of coming up from poverty. No, she was born on October 23, 1960 to a prosperous family in Conakry, Guinea but their fortunes changed in her childhood and that had a very serious effect on Katoucha who had already suffered trauma at the hands of her own mother.

Her mother permitted genital mutilation to be performed on her 9-year-old daughter. Her eventual flight to France in search of a better life did not erase the pain of this and other horrors, even though she found world-wide acclaim on the runways of such fashion icons as Givenchy, Chanel and Dior. Still haunted by her past, Katoucha began to campaign against genital mutilation in 1994, returning to Senegal to spread her message. She later found a way to deal with her personal pain by writing her autobiography. She returned to Paris where she lived on a houseboat by the Seine.

Katoucha was last seen on February 1, 2008, when she attended a party. Three days later, a missing persons investigation was opened up but her body was not found until the end of February. Her death was ruled accidental.

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