Middle East matters

The fight against female genital mutilation in Egypt

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
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By: Sanam SHANTYAEI Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

According to the World Health Organization, 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Over in Egypt, the figures are alarmingly high: some 87 percent of married women between the ages of 15 and 49 have suffered FGM. The practice can of course lead to long-term physical and psychological consequences. We hear the harrowing account of one survivor in Cairo and speak to Dr. Reham Awwad, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose centre is helping victims.

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