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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:
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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“Cutters are targeting younger girls because they are less likely to report it.”
This seemed the case in Gambia too.https://t.co/rXdvPLOZxv
— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) September 18, 2018
Burkina Faso arrests 30 people over illegal female genital mutilation https://t.co/8qNLadmLrj
— The Independent (@Independent) September 18, 2018
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 17, 2018
Reports this week from Somalia and Burkina Faso are devastating. #FGM is #VAWG. Please @PennyMordaunt prioritise sustainable targeted funding to grassroots women-led activist groups if we are to stand a chance of ending it. https://t.co/Y4eXLsb96B
— Sophie Walker (@SophieRunning) September 18, 2018
— VOA Africa (@VOAAfrica) September 18, 2018