Uganda: Over 70 girls succumb to Female Genital Mutilation ahead of the December holidays

ADMIN NOTE: The euphemistic use of the term “circumcised” used in this article is NOT endorsed by EndFGMToday.com…

More than seventy girls have been circumcised in Sebei sub-region ahead of the official launch of the season that comes in December this year.

According to local leaders, this has forced hundreds of girls to flee their homes ahead of the December holidays for fear of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM).

This comes barely a week after police crackdown discovered that over 17 girls and women had been circumcised in Ngenge sub-county alone in Kween district this month.

Although a law passed in 2010 banning FGM in Uganda has helped to bring the number of incidents down, communities that continue to perform the rite do so secretly. Anti-FGM crusaders refer to such communities as hotspots.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says there are about 200 million girls and women around the world who have gone through the cut. The consequences are both physical and psychological and can last a lifetime.

Over 70 girls succumb to Female Genital Mutilation ahead of the December holidays

 

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