Thousands of girls flee homes for fear of FGM
Every year, thousands of girls flee mass mutilations in Africa. We have reports from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Kenya.
Most of the girls are aged between 3 and 12 years and are hidden by older sisters to protect them from FGM.
In Uganda, more than 400 girls fled in the last few weeks. During Christmas season, thousands of girls in Kenya and Tanzania flee from their villages as this brutal ritual is practiced during that time of the year.
Recently, a 17-year-old girl in Sierra Leone fled from the brutal Bondo Society, a women’s society who tried to initiate her to their “religious group” who promote FGM. The girl fled to the principal of her school. He had to call the police as some women of the Bondo society attacked his home, holding sticks and other weapons. The girl escaped and went into hiding. UNICEF estimates that in Sierra Leone 85-98% of the girls and women are affected by FGM.