Despite Campaigns Against Female Genital Mutilation, Kenyan Parents Fly Their Daughters Home To Have Them Cut

Just a few days after the international day of action against female genital mutilation (FGM) Kenya’s People Daily newspaper says it is an “open secret” that Kenyan-Somali parents, who have settled in the US and Europe, have been travelling back home with their daughters to have them undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The paper quotes a nurse in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighbourhood as saying that she undertakes the
procedure in their homes and charges up to $100 (£67) for each operation.

A traditional circumciser also told the newspaper that she has in the past conducted FGM in London “where families invited her secretly” but later decided to insist they travel home to avoid being caught.

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