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31/01/2014 Slow progress in ending female genital mutilation

Author: Millennia2015

Source: WHO






Slow progress in ending female genital mutilation



“I was just seven years old when I was cut,” says Leyla Hussein, a British woman of Somali origin. “The first thing I heard was my sister screaming. Then it was my turn. Four women held me down while they cut my clitoris. I felt every single cut. The pain was so intense – I blacked out.”

Hussein's experience of female genital mutilation (FGM) is fairly typical.

The ancient rite of passage in many African and some Middle Eastern countries in which part or all of the genitals are cut off with razors or knives – often without anaesthetic – is supposed to make girls “clean” and “pure”, and ready for marriage.


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