7/22/13, "Female genital mutilation: 30 million girls 'at risk'," BBC
"FGM remains almost universal in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti and Egypt and
there was little discernible decline in Chad, Gambia, Mali, Senegal,
Sudan or Yemen, the study found....
In some communities FGM, also known as female circumcision, is seen
as a traditional ritual used culturally to ensure virginity and to make a
It typically involves procedures that alter or injure female
genital organs and is often carried out by traditional circumcisers, who
play other central roles in communities.
The dangers of FGM include severe bleeding, problems
urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths