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23.08.2018

Somalia's first FGM prosecution 'hampered' by victim's parents

The case highlights the difficulties in ending the practice in Somalia which has the world's highest rate of FGM

LONDON, Aug 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's first prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) following the death of a 10-year-old girl has run into problems because her parents will not help investigators locate the cutter, an activist said on Thursday.

The case highlights the difficulties of ending the ancient tradition in Somalia, which has the world's highest rate of FGM, with 98 percent of women and girls having been cut, according to U.N. data.

The death of Deeqa Nuur made international headlines last month and prompted the attorney-general to announce the country's first prosecution.

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