Wednesday, July 11, 2007

FGM. A Glimmer Of Hope

And that's all it is, a glimmer.

Police in the UK are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the practice of female genital mutilation. Here the Somalian-born model Waris Dirie describes her experience.......

Several countries have banned the practice. In recent weeks Egypt has announced measures to fully criminalise the procedure, after a 12-year-old girl died.

"There are laws, but people also need to be punished - that still doesn't happen often enough. Schoolgirls need to be checked after the holidays. Everyone needs to be involved." more

The police speak.

The campaign is being launched at the start of the summer holidays, during which young girls - mainly from African communities - are thought most at risk.

Mutilation involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for cultural reasons.

Up to 7,000 girls in the UK are seen as at risk of this form of circumcision.

The long summer holiday is seen as the most likely time for parents to seek the procedure for their daughter as she has time to recover from what is usually a brutal ordeal before returning to school

She can be sent abroad for the treatment, but police say they know it is also being carried out within the UK itself. more


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