Mass Migration Drives ‘Enormous’ Rise in FGM Cases to 60,000

Germany has seen a massive increase in the number of women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), as a result of mass migration from Africa and the Middle East. Women’s rights NGO Terre des Femmes estimates that around 58,000 women living in Germany have undergone the procedure, and that 13,000 more are at risk — figures which have risen by 10,000 and 4,000, respectively, since 2016. “Due to the influx of migrants from countries such as Eritrea , Somalia and Iraq , we are seeing an enormous increase in the number of women and vulnerable girls affected,” said Terre-des-Femmes employee Charlotte Weil, reports Spiegel Online. “It is therefore all the more important to raise awareness on this issue in Germany, and to engage with communities in which FGM is practiced so as to protect vulnerable young girls,” she added. Also known as female circumcision, FGM is a common procedure in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and can cause a number of health problems such as severe bleeding and pain during urination, cysts and infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. According to Weil, migrants hailing from Senegal and the Gambia are