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FGM Practiced In Rural Kenya Despite Laws Against It

Reuters: In rural Kenya, traditions run deeper than law on cutting girls
“…Kenyan law provides for life imprisonment when a girl dies from the procedure, which in addition to excruciating pain, can cause hemorrhage, shock, and complications in childbirth. [The country] set up a prosecution unit in March and is currently investigating 50 cases. Officials are optimistic they can force a change in attitude but still worry that the practice is too ingrained for legal threats to have an impact…” (Modola, 11/12).

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