Somali girls face double threat: Covid-19 and genital mutilation

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Somali girls face double threat: Covid-19 and genital mutilation

Cutters are going from house to house offering to circumcise girls who are confined to their homes

Will Brown

A strict coronavirus lockdown in Somalia has led to an increase in female genital mutilation (FGM) cases, according to Plan International, a girls’ rights group.

“We’ve seen a massive increase,” said Sadia Allin, Plan International’s head of mission in Somalia. “The lockdown is being seen as an opportune time for the procedure to be carried out in the home, with ample time for healing.”

Reportedly, circumcisers are going from house to house offering to cut girls who are confined to their homes...

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