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March 29, 2004


Horrifying. The BBC reports a rise in female genital mutilation as parents send their daughters overseas for what would be illegal in the United Kingdom (via Black Triangle).

Leila was eight years old and on her first holiday abroad when her grandmother decided it was time for her to be circumcised. "Basically two ladies were holding my legs and they were both sat on me," she said. "One was sitting on my chest, holding me back, holding my mouth. There were pure towels, a knife and hot water, and the lady went inside me and started proper chopping me and I was screaming. ... "My grandma was, like, 'Shut up, you know me - what are you screaming for, it's for your own good at the end of the day'. It was just too much and I was in pain."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 29, 2004 10:25 AM