Published on BBCnewsnight, February 15, 2012.
In 2008 Egypt outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation, but as Newsnight’s Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports in an article which contains graphic detail and which some readers may find disturbing, the ban has had little effect and the practice is still rife … (full long text).
- The most recent figures suggest 90% of Egyptian women have suffered FGM;
- Some women say they won’t have their daughters purified when the social worker is around. They humour her until she leaves and once she is gone they come and ideo: me to circumcise their girls – Village midwife Om Mohammed
- Dr Randa Fakhr El Din has warned that more girls are dying since the ban
- If we tell a police officer in the local station, we will be reporting to an officer who believes in it and is probably doing it to his own daughters
- Raising the issue is a problem. Even talking about sexual relations within marriage is not tolerated by members of our congregation – Reverend Yacoub Eyad of the Assemblies of God Church
- Nivine Rasmi tries to persuade rural families not to do FGM
- Sheikh Ashraf insists that FGM is ordained by Islam
- and at the end of the text: Sue Lloyd-Roberts Newsnight film in full – only viewable in the UK
Links for texts in french/Liens:
Burkina Faso: Tolerance zéro aux MGF – La prévention doit se poursuivre;
Rencontre-débat autour du livre: Le couteau brûlant;
une vidéo sur RTL.be, 2.04 min.
et encore La Journée internationale de lutte contre les MGF: dans Bruno de Lille.