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WEST AFRICA – Around 50 girls, including some as young as four, are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after they underwent female genital mutilation (FGM).

Two women, along with some of the girls’ relatives, have been arrested. Not all the girls who underwent the circumcision have been traced, the minister of women’s affairs, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, told the BBC.

The article goes on to state the following:

The procedure is reported to have been carried out in Kaya, northeast of the capital, Ouagadougou. The NGO Voix de Femmes, which runs a centre on the outskirts of the capital for survivors, said it had assisted five girls, while many others were taken to local hospitals.

On Tuesday campaigners in Somalia announced that a third girl had died in less than a week after undergoing FGM in the Puntland region. Suheyra Qorane Farah was cut along with her sister, Zamzam. Both bled profusely and fell into a coma. Zamzam’s condition improved, but Suheyra’s worsened. She was diagnosed with tetanus and died on 17 September.

Her death follows those of two sisters Aasiyo and Khadijo Farah Abdi Warsame, aged 10 and 11, last week in Somalia. The Somali government announced recently that it would bring the first-ever FGM prosecution in the country, following the death of a 10-year-old girl, but little progress has been made.

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THE INDEPENDENT provided the following additional information:

Burkina Faso authorities have arrested more than 30 adults after they allegedly carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who needed hospital treatment.

Viviane Ursule Sanou, head of the National Secretariat against Circumcision, said the banned procedure was carried out on girls and young women ranging from 10 months to 24 years old in the capital, Ouagadougou, Kaya in the north and two towns in the central east.

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  1. This is so disgusting. It is also NOT circumcision. Circumcision does NOT interfer with sexual pleasure and is actually defined as : removal of the foreskin from the human penis. What it is, is the process of removing the sexual pleasure from the female genitalia in order to suppress sexual gratification for the women. It is cultural, oppressive and nauseating. This goes on in the western world as well and I believe it will take a couple of generations to put a stop to this abhorrent behaviour. Where are the “feminists” on this front. No where to be seen. Shameful!!!!

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