Western girls holiday in Kenya to undergo FGM in secret

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somali families living in Britain and the United States are bringing their daughters to Kenya to secretly undergo female genital mutiliation (FGM) as their home countries crack down on the internationally condemned practice.

Families pay up to $300 for a girl’s genitals to be cut, said circumcisers and an anti-FGM campaigner in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district, nicknamed Little Mogadishu as it is home to refugees from neighboring war-torn Somalia and ethnic Somali Kenyans.

“Somalis come from America and Europe,” said one elderly circumciser, wearing a purple and white tie-dye headscarf.

“They always come to me because they are scared to do it there … During the holidays, they come and I cut them.”

The circumciser, who learned the trade as a teenager in northern Kenya, declined to give her name as Kenya has stepped up prosecutions for FGM. The ritual, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, can cause haemorrhage, shock, childbirth complications, fistula and death.

Under Kenya’s 2011 law, those practising FGM face a minimum of three years in jail or a fine, and life imprisonment if the girl dies. Some 50 cases are in court, with at least two people facing murder charges…

  • Cripes this is horrid.

  • Let’s not judge other cultures.

    (sarcasm function disabled)

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      If not us, then whom?

  • BillyHW

    Restaurants are our strength!

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Kudos to Kenya and other countries that are working to put an end to this horrible practice.

    The same can’t be said for whatever country (Malaysia/Indonesia) where that photograph was taking.
    That is no underground operation; that’s a ‘government approved and certified’ type establishment right there.

  • Dana Garcia

    They’re not western girls any longer. That’s the point.

  • eMan14

    So Stephen Harper would be an Islamophobe for saying this is wrong, and Shiny Pony with Foot in Mouth would be ok with this and would be lauded for being so progressive… makes you wonder.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Egypt’s Mubarek reduced this by more than 90% when he was in office.

  • Barrington Minge

    Any form of FGM is abhorrent, illegal (in the UK at least) and the product of the 7th century death and blood cult known as islam