FGM rescue operation indicates 'worrying trend' in Kenya

Police officers and social services in Kenya are on high alert after three girls narrowly avoided becoming victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

They were rescued by children's officers yesterday (Tuesday December 10th) just before they were due to undergo the highly invasive practice, reports the Star.

Two of the girls were removed from the area of Mai Mahiu and the third was found in Kongoni. Children's officer Francis Njagi was involved in the project and said he was disappointed to discover FGM was still taking place.

Nyandarua South police officer Samson Munyao revealed two people have been arrested in connection with these - and a spate of other - cases of FGM.

According to information from witnesses, the perpetrator is a grandmother from Kinangop, who has since gone into hiding.

Two of the girls sustained deep cuts but escaped being subjected to the full procedure. They have now been relocated to a safe house.