Nigeria: 20 million women and girls have undergone FGM

Oct 14, 2016

By Claire Daly and Mary Carson

About 20 million women and girls in Nigeria have undergone female genital mutilation, 10% of the global total, according to a comprehensive report released on Tuesday.

Many Nigerian girls are cut as infants (16% before their first birthday), and 82% of women who have had FGM say that they were cut before the age of five, says charity 28 Too Many.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM, which the World Health Organisation defines as procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.


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  • About 20 million women and girls in Nigeria have undergone female
    genital mutilation, 10% of the global total, according to a
    comprehensive report released on Tuesday.

    If a person were to strap down a teenage girl and cut out her clitoris, that person would be called psychopathic and put in prison or a mental institution. It seems to me that ANYBODY who treats girls like that should be called psychopathic and should be treated as such. Religious beliefs or cultural norms is no excuse for such barbaric behavior.



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  • cbrown #2
    Oct 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

    If a person were to strap down a teenage girl and cut out her clitoris, that person would be called psychopathic and put in prison or a mental institution.

    Apparently in some places the psychopaths are above the law, and roam in uniformed gangs!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37439161

    Sierra Leonean police have released a woman accused of female genital mutilation following pressure from a powerful society of circumcisers.

    Elsie Kondoromoh was “tentatively” released after a large number of cutters protested against her arrest, police inspector Marty Tarawallie said.

    Stick-wielding cutters have also protested at a hospital where her alleged victim is being treated.

    Female circumcision is currently banned in Sierra Leone.

    Many activists accuse the authorities of failing to stop it because of the enormous power circumcisers wield within their communities, he adds.

    On a local radio station on Wednesday, a caller said they were prepared to “die and to kill” to continue practising female circumcision.

    The uniform-clad cutters have a society, known as Soweis, representing them. Ms Kondoromoh is the national vice-president of the Soweis council.

    Alleged victim Khadija Balayma Allieu, 28, said that she was blindfolded and dragged into a room at a home in Kenema by up to five or six cutters.

    “One sat on my chest, one each held my hands. Another two held my legs and spread them open. They gagged me as I shouted. Then she [Ms Kondoromoh] started cutting,” Ms Allieu told the BBC.

    “I felt her cut towards my vagina. She dipped her hand inside my vagina and I felt her pull something and cut it. They held my head down and continued cutting. I started bleeding profusely. I tried screaming but there was [a] cloth inside my mouth,” she added.

    Ms Kondoromoh has denied any wrongdoing but has admitted to circumcising her.



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