FGM: Africa’s renewed battle against female genital mutilation

The deaths of three girls have reinvigorated efforts to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone, where the practice is still widespread despite global efforts to eradicate it.

Adamsay Sesay, 12, Salamatu Jalloh, 13, and Kadiatu Bangura, 17, died following traditional initiation ceremonies in the northwest Kambia District, local media reported last week. The girls’ parents and the practitioners who cut them are in custody, according to the Forum Against Harmful Practices (FAHP), a coalition of organisations fighting to end FGM in the West African nation.

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