Over 27 million have been affected by this procedure.
The death of a 17-year-old girl undergoing female genital mutilation surgery in Egypt has sparked more fire on the issue that has already received much press.
Maya Mohamed Mousa was receiving the operation under anesthesia in a private hospital when complications occurred. She died of heavy bleeding. Her twin sister who also underwent the procedure survived.
“It is incredible that the Egyptian police are not taking a tough line on ending FGM in a country where over 27 million have been affected. The death of the 17-year-old should be yet another shocking wake-up call for Egypt,” said Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East and North Africa consultant at rights group Equality Now.
The practice of the surgery has been banned since 2008, but still 90% of girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone this sick procedure. Just last year, a medical doctor, Raglan Fadl, was convicted of manslaughter for the death of a 13-year-old girl undergoing the procedure under his care and was sentenced to prison. He was sentenced but has still yet to serve some time behind bars. These people believe they are performing operations, but indeed they are only performing crimes.
Article: New York Times