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Report: Entire Class of Girls in Sweden Found to Have Undergone Genital Mutilation

From Sweden, a gruesome report:

Some 60 cases of genital mutilation have been discovered in Norrköping in eastern Sweden since March with all 30 girls in one school class found to have undergone the procedure. 

Of the 30, some 28 of the girls were found to have been subjected to the most severe form of genital mutilation, when the clitoris and labia are completely cut away and the genital area sewn together except for a small opening.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in Sweden since 1982, and in 1999 the country made it a crime to have the procedure performed abroad. Yet this discovery by local school health services suggests that the latter practice at least remains a not-uncommon occurrence. Officials believe that the young girls’ parents, many of whom are immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, are subjecting their daughters to the practice during visits to their home countries over summer vacations.

According to the World Health Organization, there are no benefits to FGM, and the myriad consequences are both physical and psychological—and long-lasting: Most victims of FGM are between the ages of four and 14, though infants, too, are often “cut.”

Truly a “war on women,” if there ever was one.


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