Four million women and girls in Iraq are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the UN, the Sunni Islamist group Isis, which currently controls the city of Mosul, has issued an edict ordering all women aged 11 through 46 to undergo FGM.
Although FGM is a cultural practice in several African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries, it is not commonly practiced in Iraq — another reason why this development is so disturbing. The practice “is something very new for Iraq… and does need to be addressed,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the UN correspondent in Iraq. "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.
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