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UNICEF Data Show One-Fifth Of Young Girls In Sub-Saharan Africa Undergo FGM

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation affects a fifth of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa
“Almost one in five young girls in sub-Saharan Africa are still forced to endure female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a U.N. report that paints a grim picture of the state of the world’s children. Statistics released by UNICEF, the U.N. agency for children, in ‘Every child counts: revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights,’ published on Thursday, shows problems such as violence, child marriage and FGM are widespread across some of the world’s poorest countries. The release of the figures comes ahead of the 25th anniversary of the convention on the rights of the child in November…” (Tran, 1/30).

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