FGM still very much alive: Deaths and Excuses for continuing the practice
By Alaere Pepple - Health Educator
Rescued girls from Amassoma village plead
Recently CAGeM entered the village of Amassoma in Bayelsa State where a 15 year old girl died of post circumcision hemorrhage and her 17 year old sister ran away from home escaping the same fate. The girl has still not been found and no one has been persecuted for the death.
An FGM practitioner was interviewed (see video below) about why she continues to “circumcise” women. Finding out the reasons for the practice in a community is instrumental for targeted and successful eradication efforts. CAGeM is currently working on eradication in the community and has rescued girls at risk to safe houses and added victims from the community to the waiting list for the free FGM victim restoration hospital.
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