Currently, about 95 percent of girls in Somalia between the ages of 4 and 11 undergo FGM, according to UNICEF.Set on shielding girls from the harmful procedure, the country’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Human Rights announced that it will introduce a law that will ban FGM altogether, Somali news outlet Horseed Media reported.Police were alerted to her plight in December 2012 but the girl feared for her life so initially refused to speak out.
In perhaps the worst incident one 13-year-old girl was raped four times by three different men having been trafficked across the city to a Premier Inn by one of her abusers.
Amran Mahamood, who has made a living for 15 years by circumcising young girls, sits next to a girl on February 19, 2014 in Hargeysa.
Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her the rite was not required by Islamic law.
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Aisha*, 24, lives in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia, where she puts food on the table for herself and her child by trading sex for money and khat, a herbal stimulant.
Aisha told IRIN/Plus News about her life during a conversation frequently interrupted by customers calling to make appointments.