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Female Genital Mutilation Gaining Ground In Nigeria

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An international non governmental organisation, targeting the health of women and children has revealed that about 19.9 million women in Nigeria have so far been mutilated in the name of female circumcision.

Despite the passage of the law criminalising the act in the country, it was still a thriving business, which has caused both psychological torture and pain for millions of women who have undergone the act in various regions of the country.

Speaking at the National Summit on Accountability for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), held in Abuja recently, Miss , a human and health rights lawyer and an ambassador of maintained that no one has the right to mutilate young children, as the tradition was harmful in many ways, including medically and psychologically.

She gave a description of how a man called her and narrated how he, in collaboration with his wife mutilated their three children, thinking female circumcision was a gift they owe their female children. “I explained to him that now that he is aware that it is wrong, he should as well help in campaigning against it within his family and neighbours. I wonder the pain and torture those children must have gone through,” she explained.

On her part, another ambassador of , Miss Akunna Onyeka expressed fear over increase of child marriage in the country, in addition to other medically unfit practise which the family and the society subject the girl-child.

 

 

 

 

Source: This Day

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