Deep cuts: survivors of female circumcision call for help

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Deep cuts: survivors of female circumcision call for help

The biggest scars are mental, say women at conference to discuss the taboo topic

Nellie Peyton

African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) say mental health services are their biggest need, and urge governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma.

Survivors and activists from across the continent attending a summit on FGM and child marriage in Senegal this week said mental health should have been on the agenda.

Common in 28 African countries, FGM is often seen as a rite of passage and justified for cultural or religious reasons but can cause chronic pain, infertility and even death...

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