Babies targeted as FGM victims get younger, say campaigners

Babies are among the victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), campaigners claim, reflecting a growing trend of younger girls being targeted.

Girls were traditionally cut when they were around 10 years old, to ‘prepare them for marriage’, but are now being disfigured earlier so offenders can escape justice, say the Africa-based Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM).

The World Health Organisation defines FGM as ‘altering or causing injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons’.

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