Two girls die in Somalia after genital mutilation

By Ali Muhiyaddiin

MOGADISHU (Caasimada Online)–Two little sisters have died after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia’s Puntland, an activist said, a rare confirmed death in the country with the world’s highest rate of the practice.

Hawa Aden Mohamed, a FMG who campaigner, said the girls, whose names identified as Aasiyo Abdi Warsame, 10, and her sister, Khadijo, 11, died a day after being taken to a traditional circumciser in a remote village of Arawda in Puntland State

The girls’ deaths come as Somalia pursues its first FGM-related prosecution. The case was prompted by the death of 10-year-old girl two months ago.

In Somalia, 98% of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 have been cut, the highest rate anywhere in the world, according to the UN Children’s Fund.

Caasimada Online
Mogadishu News Desk