Each year, some 3 million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Despite being illegal in many countries, the practice continues due to cultural pressures and, at times, is even performed by trained health providers. But, FGM poses life-threatening dangers to girls’ health and leaves emotional wounds that often last a lifetime. We must stand together to end the practice.
In this photograph by Kate Holt from 2009 in Afar Region, Ethiopia, are many photographs hanging on a wall – each of the smaller photographs depicts a girl who escaped the practice of FGM.
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