Africa's renewed battle against female genital mutilation

Campaigners call for ban in Sierra Leone after deaths of three girls as coast-to-coast convoy prepares to depart

Photo collage of a scalpel blade slicing out Sierra Leone from the outline of the African continent. Blood drips from the cut and spreads through the continent.
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

The deaths of three girls have reinvigorated efforts to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone, where the practice is still widespread despite global efforts to eradicate it.

Adamsay Sesay, 12, Salamatu Jalloh, 13, and Kadiatu Bangura, 17, died following traditional initiation ceremonies in the northwest Kambia District, local media reported last week. The girls' parents and the practitioners who cut them are in custody, according to the Forum Against Harmful Practices (FAHP), a coalition of organisations fighting to end FGM in the West African nation.

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