(Source: BBC News)
In 2008 Egypt outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation, but as Newsnight’s Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports in an article which contains graphic detail and which some readers may find disturbing, the ban has had little effect and the practice is still rife.
The most recent figures suggest 90% of Egyptian women have suffered FGM
“Of course she must be circumcised,” said Olla, referring to the timid 11-year-old girl sitting beside her.
I asked Olla if I could find out from the child herself, her daughter Raaja, who sat shaking with fear, what she thought.
“There is no need to ask her,” her mother declared. “She doesn’t understand what we are talking about.”