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2 Sisters Die Of FGM In Somalia; Activists Raise Concerns Government Not Addressing Issue

The Guardian: Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM after two more young girls die
“Two more girls in Somalia have died after undergoing female genital mutilation, just weeks after a high-profile case prompted the attorney general to announce the first prosecution against the practice in the country’s history. … [A]ctivists in the country say the death of the two sisters proves that the government is not moving quickly enough to prevent further incidents…” (Hodal, 9/17).

NPR: 2 Young Sisters Die After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation
“…The cases underscore concerns about FGM in Somalia, which the U.N. says has the highest prevalence in the world. Ninety-eight percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone FGM. The practice is legal in Somalia. Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 200 million women and girls have experienced some form of FGM. … The U.N. designates it as a human rights violation…” (Cohen, 9/14).