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5 FGM-related fatalities recorded in Burkina Faso last year
Nineteen women in Burkina Faso suffered health complications due to female genital mutilation (FGM) last year, five of whom died, the permanent secretary of the Burkinabe National Council against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (SP/CNLPE) has said.
A total of 164 women were genitally mutilated in the country in 2012. The high proportion who experienced serious consequences were primarily affected by infection and excessive bleeding.
SP/CNLPE researcher Lydie Pare-Tiendrebeogo told Apa that in recent years, the country had seen a significant drop in the number of women undergoing FGM. Figures from a 2010 demographic health survey showed 13.3 per cent of girls under the age of 15 had been mutilated, compared with 75 per cent of those between the ages of 15 and 19.
Ms Pare-Tiendrebeogo attributed the positive trend to an increase in public awareness, alongside the efforts of the Burkinabe authorities to enforce a ban on the practice. FGM was criminalised in Burkina Faso in 1996.
Posted by Martine Ward