We all need to be vigilant & report our concerns to halt FGM in the UK



It has emerged, just days before Bedfordshire Police were the first British police force to make use of new powers and issued a protection order to stop two young girls being taken overseas on suspicion that they would be taken abroad for purposes of female genital mutilation (FGM), that a group of fifty schoolgirls were reported to have been taken to Somalia for the same purpose.  Prevalence of FGM in Somalia is widespread, and indeed is estimated by UNICEF to affect 98% of women in the country.  Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Tonge was travelling on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Heathrow to Addis Ababa along with Labour MP Holly Lynch in order to attend a Financial Development conference.  Baroness Tonge noticed the large group of girls accompanied by their mothers and some grandmothers on the flight and noted that they transferred onto another plane headed to the Somalian capital Mogadishu. …

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