Kenyan FGM cutter calls horrific practice of female circumcision as ‘Christmas’

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Published: July 3, 2015 5:48:13 PM

A Kenyan FGM cutter has described the practice of female genital mutilation as "Christmas."

A Kenyan FGM cutter has described the practice of female genital mutilation as “Christmas.”

Kenya had became the latest in a string of African countries to ban female genital mutilation in 2011, passing a law to make it illegal to practice FGM or to take someone abroad to be “cut,” but an expose has revealed the ancient act is still being undertaken under misguided beliefs, the Daily Express reported.

86-year-old Anna-Moora Ndege, who’s been practicing the act she first began 70 years ago, said that the cutting ensured that the girls remain faithful, as then the sexual organ is not there anymore.

“You are docile, waiting for your husband because after you are cut, sex is for having children not for anything else.”

Ndege’s right-hand woman, the only other cutter in her village, Agnes Kerubo described FGM as “like Christmas,” saying that it was an important festival, as a woman’s bad blood is released.

While the practice of FGM is banned in most countries across the world, in Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan, 85 percent of women still undergo the horrific mutilation.

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