FGM rates drop for African girls but teens still at risk


Campaigners welcome drop in FGM but warn against complacency

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Nov 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Female genital mutilation has dropped drastically among African children this century, research shows, but campaigners said on Wednesday that teenagers and young women remained at risk of the harmful practice.

Known as FGM, female genital mutilation is a ritual that usually involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, including the clitoris. Cutting is a rite of passage in many societies, often with the aim of promoting chastity.

It can cause chronic pain, menstrual problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, cysts and infertility. Some girls haemorrhage to death or…

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