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MALI: Female Circumcision Flourishes

Luanda, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Over 90 percent of sexually active female Mali citizens have mutilated their genitalia, the World Health Organization denounced on Tuesday.

WHO reports that 92 of every 100 women between 15 and 49 years of age have lost the capacity to feel sexual satisfaction, and have been transformed into sexual objects and reproduction machines.

Type II circumcision (partial) or infibulation (total) is the excision of female's external genitalia -the labia majora, labia minora and clitoris- by witch doctors in unhealthy conditions.

The victims (12 million worldwide) may suffer hemorrhage, infections, develop problems during pregnancy and acute psychological disorders.

Campaigners to uproot the old tradition claim some slow progress in a country that ranks atop 30 African countries, although the habit extends to other areas where their nationals reside.

The practice is ancient and awareness of its dangers is recent, but African governments are setting aside insensitivity and joining the crusade as are several organizations in Mali.

Aissata Diakite, director of one such Mali organization, pointed out that since 1991, some 200 people have abandoned this ritual and promised never to do it.

SOURCE: PrensaLatina

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Date: 2/15/2007

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