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Stephanie Nolen covers conflicts and
development issues for The Globe and Mail, the
national newspaper of Canada.
FGM Cases in the U.S.
you are inclined to think of Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM) as a distant issue overseas, think
again. On March 29 of this year, Khalid Adem of Gwinnett
County, Georgia, was arrested on suspicion of cutting
his 2-year-old daughter. The 27-year-old father,
originally from Ethiopia, has lived in the United
States for 10 years, and claims the allegations made
against him are untrue. But medical examinations
confirmed the procedure had been performed, according
to the Gwinnett County Police Department.
FGM is illegal in the U.S. and
has been condemned by the United Nations as a violation
of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. Though 16 states
have anti-FGM laws on record, Georgia does not. As a result, Adem is charged
with “cruelty to children and aggravated battery,” and is free
on bail, awaiting trial.
the attorney representing Adem’s wife and child
claims that there is an underground network of people
in the Atlanta area who perform
female circumcisions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates
that over 160,000 females in immigrant communities in the United States may
have undergone FGM.
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