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Somalis lead the world in practice of female genital mutilation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 5, 2013

Cutting tools on display in a room in Lunsar, Sierra Leone [Grace Harmon/Plan International]

Isn’t diversity beautiful!  

Here is news of a new report on this disgusting, degrading, barbaric practice that you know they are not leaving behind when they migrate to the West.

From All Africa.  The UN does something useful here:

Mogadishu — Approximately 6.5 million Somali girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) — otherwise known as female circumcision — according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Although support for the practice is waning, the report indicates that 98% of Somali women between 15 and 49 have been cut or mutilated — the highest per capita percentage in the world.

In addition, the report states that female circumcision is higher among Somalis even in countries where the practice is less common.

Read it all.

We reported back in March that the practice was increasing in the US, here.

Photo:  The photo is from another report on FGM in June, here.  Looks like there is less and less interest in defending the procedure in a nod to ‘cultural relativism’ that seemed to be a trend gaining favor a few years ago.  And, from a practical standpoint, why should Westerners be expected to pay for the mental and physical health problems stemming from FGM when Somalis are resettled in the US.

5 Responses to “Somalis lead the world in practice of female genital mutilation”

  1. Remember the oft used propaganda phrase…”War On Women” ?

    THIS IS IT, my Friends ! But it’s ok, as it’s ONLY Somalis and fur-eigners.


  2. It has been said that white men can’t jump–Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes even made a movie about this essential playground sporting fact in 1992. So, let’s say we concede the failure of the white male’s sport leaping abilities. No need to lament dear reader, for, it was language, learning, philosophy and thinking of Dead Old White Men that made the greater “leap” when they established and maintained the foundations of Western Civilization.


  3. iftikhara said

    Female genital mutilation (there is nothing called “female circumcision”) is a pre- and extra-Islamic custom, prevalent in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries / regions for centuries predating the arrival of Islam. Non-Muslims, that include Christians, Jews and animists practice this brutal practice in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries, as well as in Egypt, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries and among Malays/Indonesians in Southeast Asia and even among the Malay/Indonesian Diaspora in Australia.

    This pre-Islamic brutal practice is so well-entrenched and acceptable among Arab Muslims that some Muftis and Sheikhs try to justify this misogynist barbarity by attributing some “scientific” / “medical” justification to the practice. The late Sheikh Gad al-Haq of al-Azhar defended female genital mutilation as an antidote to HIV Virus. He told this rubbish to the BBC in 2000, a couple of years before his death. I have cited this interview in my book, Women and Islam in Bangladesh (Palgrave-Macmillan 2000).

    This barbaric practice, which often kills the female victims, and many of them suffer chronic infections and pain for the rest of their lives. Most importantly, this cruel practice alienates many women (including the victims) from Islam. Ex-Muslim, Ayaan Hirji Ali of Somalia is one of them. She has given vivid description of how painful and brutal the custom is.

    It is time that Muslim and non-Muslim men and women come forward to stop this brutal practice for ever.


  4. ONE WAY of eliminating it’s use, is to propagandize it away…like IPS NEWS is doing with it’s close “partner” the United Nations.

    You see the UN feels, that Somalis don’t read anything else by IPS News, and IPS and the UN are going to profoundly influence their long held cultural principals and beliefs..

    IPS is more interested in FOISTING it’s UN propaganda, on a less discerning and unsuspecting readers/listeners…

    Somalia’s ‘Cultural Shift’ Means Less-Severe Form of FGM
    By Abdurrahman Warsameh

    “In April, UNICEF released a survey based on interviews conducted in Somalia’s northern region of Puntland and the breakaway state of Somaliland, which showed that the practice of FGM has decreased. The survey, conducted in collaboration with local governments, found that 75 percent of girls aged between one and 14 have not been cut, in comparison with 99 percent of young girls who have undergone the procedure in other regions in Somalia.”


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