Waris Dirie and the Desert Flower Foundation support the Metropolitan Police’s educational movie about FGM in the UK

4 Jul

Female Genital Mutilation continues to be a problem throughout the United Kingdom. Especially during the summer holidays, many girls are either being taken to their parents’ home countries for the procedure or being mutilated in the UK. According to research conducted in the UK, up to 6000 girls in London are at risk of undergoing FGM. In the UK as a whole, as many as 22.000 are threatened.

“FGM is a crime against a child, a crime against humanity”, says Waris Dirie. “It’s abuse. It’s absolutely criminal and we have to stop it!”

The film “Cut – some wounds never heal” was produced by schoolgirls aged 12 to 15 from the Lilian Baylis Technology School in London who all come from immigrant families from East Africa and are affected by FGM. They were supported by the organisation Kids Task Force and TV Producer Rob White. The movie will be made available to all schools in the UK for educational purposes. The movie was financed by the Metropolitan Police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Desert Flower Foundation also supports the project of a group of school girls in Bristol, who produced a short film about the issue themselves. Despite opposition from parts of the immigrant communities, the movie was successfully screened in a cinema in central Bristol last week.


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One Response to “Waris Dirie and the Desert Flower Foundation support the Metropolitan Police’s educational movie about FGM in the UK”

  1. Nada J. Misunas November 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I first viewed the dvd Desert Flower last night. I was both impressed and in awe of the bravery of Waris and aghast and insensed at the thought that this kind of FGM is still going on in many locations of our world.
    I am wondering what more is being done to STOP this horrendous practice, which according to the few articles I’ve read has nothing whatsoever to do with religious laws.
    I’m curious also as to how FGM originated in the first place.
    Is there a way to help stamp this out forever — so not one more child will suffer at the hands of her own mother leading her to “the slaughter of her own feminity. It’s deplorable.
    N.J. Misunas Snat Cruz CA

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