ETHIOPIA: New initiative against FGM/C

Monday, December 1, 2008
SEMERA Monday, December 01, 2008 (IRIN) - Like most pastoralists in the remote Afar region of northeastern Ethiopia, Ahmed Mohammed made sure his daughter was circumcised seven days after her birth. "This is the culture in Afar, we received it from our ancestors," Ahmed said. Afar ranks second in female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) prevalence among all regions in Ethiopia. According to the 2005 national demographic and health survey, FGM/C prevalence in the region was 91.6 percent. ...