Girls in Somalia are being forced to endure female genital mutilation (FGM) at home during the coronavirus lockdown with perpetrators travelling from house to house to carry out the practice, a charity has said.
Plan International, a global children’s rights charity, say they are seeing increased calls about FGM incidents across Somalia where schools have been shut to control the spread of Covid-19.
Sadia Allin, Plan International’s Head of Mission in Somalia, said: “The lockdown is being seen as an opportune time for the procedure to be carried out in the home with ample time for healing.
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