Published: November 17th, 2014 Updated: November 17th, 2014
Photos of young Kenyan girls being circumcised in a tribal ceremony highlight the stark reality faced by those who experience female genital mutilation (FGM).
FGM, a non-medical practice involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, can lead to haemorrhaging, psychological damage, complications in childbirth, fistula and even death.
Harrowing images captured by Reuters photographer Siegfried Modola show young girls from the Pokot tribe being led out of huts and towards areas where they are then cut with razor blades by traditional circumcisers.
The practice is considered a rite of passage that marks the transition to womanhood and is a requirement for all Pokot girls before they marry.
The visibly distressed girls are seen bleeding and crying after the ritual has been performed.
Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/fgm-images-of-circumcision-ceremony-show-distressing-reality-of-female-genital-mutilation-9863029.html#
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