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10-year-old girl dies after her private parts are mutilated as part of archaic puberty initiation ritual

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A 10-year-old girl in the West African nation of Sierra Leone is the latest to die after he community mutilated her genitals as part of an archaic puberty initiation rite, that is outlawed in most of but still practiced in Sierra Leone.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an internationally condemned ritual that involves the partial or full removal of the female genitalia. FGM is inflicted upon girls reach puberty, as part of an initiation into a secret ’s society that holds influence and political clout.

The local suspect FGM to be the cause of the young girl’s in the northern Tonkolili district of the nation.

Revealing that the ten-year-old “died of blood loss,” unit commander of the Mile 91 division, Amadu Turay, told Reuters that a woman is believed to be in charge of the initiations has been arrested.

According to data collected by the United Nations, Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM with 9 in 10 women being cut as part of the initiation ritual.

Local , who said that the last reported death was about two years ago, are calling on the Government to outlaw the practice in the wake of the latest death. One activist who formerly served as deputy minister of welfare, and ’s affairs, Rugiatu Turay, said:

“FGM is killing our women and girls. We need to get enough publicity on this incident to draw the attention of government.”

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