Waris Dirie warns of dramatic increase of FGM in Europe

European politicians must take the problem much more seriously

Waris Dirie (middle) raises alarm.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) only occurs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. To believe this is probably one of the biggest mistakes. On the contrary: Waris Dirie now warns of a dramatic increase in FGM cases in Europe. In the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar UK she raises the alarm: "FGM is growing fast in Britain and across Europe - Britain and France have the highest numbers."

Therefore Waris Dirie demands from the authorities obligatory and regular health checks for all girls threatened by FGM in Europe. "European politicians must take the problem more seriously. Genital mutilation is the worst and most terrible form of child abuse. The authorities must show that they are prepared to protect every girl from any form of child abuse", says Waris Dirie.

Source: Harper's Bazaar

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