Kenyan girls ‘to stay at school to avoid FGM over holidays’

It has been reported that hundreds of girls in Kenya will spend the holiday season in schools instead of going home to avoid being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) by their parents.

BBC News has revealed that although many schools should have closed over a month ago, they have remained open to shelter the girls, while some churches are doing the same.

According to the BBC, girls are most at risk of FGM during the December holidays as it a traditional time for initiation ceremonies for both girls and boys.

Official government statistics have shown that one in five women in Kenya has undergone FGM, with one-quarter saying that they were subjected to the procedure when they were between six and nine.

FGM was made illegal in Kenya in 2011, but many activists say that its banning has only driven FGM underground.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801830386-ADNFCR