Death of 10-year-old girl prompts first FGM prosecution in Somalia's history

Somalia’s attorney general has announced the nation’s first prosecution for female genital mutilation after a 10-year-old girl bled to death following a traditional cutting last week.

The announcement has been described as a “defining moment” in a nation where 98% of all women and girls undergo FGM, the highest rate anywhere in the world.

Speaking at a conference on FGM in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday, attorney general Ahmed Ali Dahir said he had sent a team of 10 investigatorsto interview Deeqa Dahir Nuur’s parents and the village cutter who performed the fatal operation.

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