Norway Cracks Down on Female Circumcision

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New information is coming out of Norway about the prevalence in the Muslim community of female genital mutilation: Norway cracks down on female circumcision.

NORWAY took steps on yesterday to crack down on circumcision of girls by barring families from travelling abroad if officials suspect they plan to have the procedure done outside the country.

The intervention followed reports in Norwegian media that at least 185 girls from Norway - daughters of immigrants - had their genitals cut in just one village in Somalia.

The Government said it would refuse passports to families suspected of sending girls abroad to have the procedure carried out. Authorities can also forbid a family from travelling if they suspect the purpose is female circumcision, officials said.

At Aftenposten, we learn that more than 250 women and girls have sought treatment after being butchered in this barbaric practice.

More than 250 girls and women have sought help from Oslo’s largest hospital in recent years, because of physical problems resulting from female circumcision, also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The mutilation, which many of the female patients were subjected to as young girls in several Muslim African countries and Northern Iraq, has left the women with severe urinary dysfunction, infections and problems after their vaginal openings were sewn shut.

Sarah Kahsay, a midwife at Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, told newspaper Aftenposten that she and her colleagues have tried to help around 260 girls and women during the past three years. Kahsay, of the National Competence Center for Minorities’ Health at Ullev�l, said that 90 percent of the girls and women are ethnic Somalians. Female genital mutilation has also been found, she said, among female patients from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Gambia and Senegal.

The mutilation also seems to have spread to the Kurdish community, with Kahsay mentioning that Norwegian Church Aid has claimed it’s a problem for females from Northern Iraq. “Reports we’ve had from our health stations (in the Oslo area) involve Kurdish girls as young as 11 and 12, who’ve been circumcised,” Kahsay said.

The girls and women have almost always said the circumcision, which is illegal in Norway, occurred before they emigrated. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported over the weekend, however, that an alarming number of young girls born or living in Norway have been taken back to Somalia during school holiday periods and subjected to circumcision.

The agonized screams of one young girl being forcibly held down while her genitals were being cut shook Norwegian viewers and has led to a political outcry on the issue. There have been calls for increased enforcement of the law prohibiting female circumciscion, a fatwa against the practice, and regular medical checks of young girls believed to be at risk.

(Hat tip: LGF readers.)

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