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Female Genital Mutilation Affects 200 Million Worldwide, According To New U.N. Report
According to a new UNICEF report, released just in time for yesterday’s Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, at least 200 million women and girls in 30 different countries have faced this horrific practice.
While the exact number of victims remains unknown, this new UNICEF estimate is, sadly, about 70 million higher than previous ones. Furthermore, this new report explains that in most countries, the majority of the victims were younger than five at the time of their mutilation.
“We start at three months,” Josephine Akissi Coulibaly, a former excisionist in Cote D’Ivoire, told CNN. “They are small and we do it. Sometimes they’re 18 years old. Sometimes they are mothers even. Often they bleed.”
Both the age and rate of mutilation vary across all the countries involved, with Somalia, Guinea, and Djibouti having the highest rate of mutilation, and Indonesia, Egypt, and Ethiopia having the highest raw number of victims.
For more, visit CNN.