Dies From FGM Aged 10; Miscarries Aged 11

Ex-female genital mutilation (FGM) cutter Monika Cheptilak, who stopped practicing after the country set anti-FGM law in 2010, shows a homemade tool from a nail used for FGM, during the meeting of anti-FGM women group in Alakas village, bordering with Kenya, northeast Uganda on January 31, 2018. The UN estimates that over 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM which is a life-threatening procedure that involves the partial or total removal of a woman's external genitalia. (Photo: YASUYOSHI  CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)
Ex-female genital mutilation (FGM) cutter Monika Cheptilak, who stopped practicing after the country set anti-FGM law in 2010, shows a homemade tool from a nail used for FGM, during the meeting of anti-FGM women group in Alakas village, bordering with Kenya, northeast Uganda on January 31, 2018.
The UN estimates that over 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM which is a life-threatening procedure that involves the partial or total removal of a woman’s external genitalia. (Photo: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)

Two utterly shocking stories are simply not making the top headlines anywhere in the West. In Somalia, a girl died after undergoing FGM aged 10. In Sudan, a wife miscarried aged 11, after her husband, in his forties, beat her.

In Somalia, the 10-year old died (Arabic-language link) after a failed female circumcision (FGM) was performed on her. During the procedure, the FGM practitioner accidentally cut through a vein. The bleeding continued for two days. The family couldn’t stop the bleeding and took the child to a hospital where she died.

A Somali activist said the FGM practitioner was not apprehended and if she would have been, there is no law that would have seen her punished.

While FGM’s routes are in Africa, the United States is not immune by any means.

 

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A court in Sudan annulled the marriage of Rahma, 11, to a man in his forties after he beat her, resulting in Rahma miscarrying their child. The court ruled the marriage unlawful (Arabic-language link) as it did not have legal approval and is investigating the person who performed the marriage ceremony. Rahma’s father, who gave the marriage his blessing is now obliged to care for his daughter, while the ex-husband has a restraining order against him meaning zero contact with Rahma.

 

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