In Thailand’s Muslim south, authorities turn a blind eye to FGM

Eight-week-old baby Amiyah grimaces when sunlight falls on her face as though she isn’t used to the idea of having been born yet. On a Saturday afternoon, in Thailand’s southern Pattani province, her Muslim mother has brought her to a small clinic so midwife Dah can slice her clitoris for sunat. The practice, a form of female genital mutilation (FGM), has been banned by the World Health Organisation.

In majority Buddhist Thailand, the public health department says FGM does not happen. But in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, ethnic Malay Muslims are a majority. Some are locked in an intractable conflict with the Thai government, which labels them insurgents. Here, midwife Dah says she has cut almost all female births she has attended…

I understand some non-Muslims also do this in parts of Africa, where it appears to have originated. However, it has clearly spread to Thailand via Islam. After all, the non-Muslims of Thailand do not do it.

  • BillyHW

    Muslims are demented.

    • Frau Katze


  • Barrington Minge

    Mooslim animals… sorry, that is demeaning to animals.