Female Genital Mutilation Cases Increase Due to Migrants

*** EXCLUSIVE *** MOMBASA, KENYA - JUNE 25: Cutter Anna-Moora Ndege shows the razorblade she uses to cut girls' genitals , on June 25, 2015, in Mombasa, Kenya. THESE are the rudimentary tools used to cut young girls sexual organs in remote villages in Kenya. The cruel practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK and in dozens of countries in Africa. But in remote Kenyan villages and communities far from the capital, Nairobi, the practice is very much alive and well. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ivan Lieman / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Ivan Lieman / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) have increased in Germany, largely due to migrants who practice the tradition. There are said to have been over 35,000 cases recently. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a 5,000 year old practice that is mainly performed in countries in Africa and the Middle East. Due to the large influx of migrants from these areas the German government is now finding that they will have to tackle the issue with reports of tens of thousands of cases, Die Welt reports. FGM is a worldwide crisis that sees young girls’ genitals partially removed at a rate of one girl every 11 seconds. While Europe for the most part has never had to deal with large scale cases of FGM, the migrant crisis may be changing that. According to Terre des Femmes, cases in Germany have already reached 35,000 and although this is small compared to the estimated 140 million young girls and women who are subjected to the procedure, they say the trend in Germany is growing rapidly. Hamburg social worker Gwlayds Awo is spearheading a fight against FGM in Germany. Ms. Awo said that the African community in Germany sees push back on FGM from the German government as an