Parents in Kenya ‘take daughters across border for FGM’

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Ex-female genital mutilation (FGM) cutter Monika Cheptilak, who stopped practicing after the country set anti-FGM law in 2010, shows a homemade tool from a nail used for FGM, during the meeting of anti-FGM women group in Alakas village, bordering with Kenya, northeast Uganda on January 31, 2018. The UN estimates that over 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM which is a life-threatening procedure that involves the partial or total removal of a woman's external genitalia. February 6, 2018, marks the 6th International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. / AFP PHOTO / Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ex-female genital mutilation (FGM) cutter Monika Cheptilak, who stopped practicing after the country set anti-FGM law in 2010, shows a homemade tool from a nail used for FGM, during the meeting of anti-FGM women group in Alakas village, bordering with Kenya, northeast Uganda on January 31, 2018.
The UN estimates that over 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM which is a life-threatening procedure that involves the partial or total removal of a woman’s external genitalia. AFP PHOTO -Yasuyoshi CHIBA (

Parents in Kenya are increasingly taking their daughters to Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), news agency Reuters reports.

Campaigners told Reuters that the girls are being taken across the border to evade prosecution.

Kenya criminalised FGM in 2011 with a minimum punishment of three years imprisonment and a $2,000 (£1586) fine.

Activists say cross-border FGM is becoming “an increasing trend” especially in December during the school holidays.

Tony Mwebia from the Men End FGM campaign told Reuters:”No one is going to suspect anything. The girls come back [from school holiday] and are kept at home after the procedure to recover until school starts – no not even the teachers are able to detect anything.”

An estimated 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM, which usually involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, according to the UN.