December 31, 2013

Slow Progress for Egypt's Girls

Robyn Urback, National Post

The Associated Press

In June of this year, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al Bata’a died in a village near Cairo after undergoing a circumcision performed by a doctor. Though female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) was made illegal by the Egyptian government in 2008, the barbaric custom is still widely practiced throughout the country and few of the perpetrators are ever prosecuted. While many families are now abandoning traditional circumcisers or dayas in favour of accredited medical professionals, the emotional and physical scars for Egyptian girls — some as young as four years old — are still horrific.

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