Wales is opening its first female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic to provide medical and psychological help for victims of the abhorrent practice.
It’s estimated that 2,000 women and girls in Wales live with FGM.
FGM is often carried out for religious and cultural reasons, usually associated with Islam. In some sects of Islam, FGM is mandatory. It is promoted by the Ulema Council in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country by population.
According to The Independent, one FGM case is reported every hour in the U.K.
The practice has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985, but British authorities have failed to bring forth one successful prosecution. In 2014, the first FGM clinic opened in London, and four more clinics have opened since then.
In Wales alone, 123 victims were treated for FGM in 2016 – with 44 of the victims being children under 18.