More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated. However, overall support for FGM/C is declining.
In most of the practising countries, including Burkina Faso, the majority of girls and women think it should end. In this photograph by Christine Nesbitt, Odette*, is seen in a Ouagadougou clinic, after recently having under gone reconstructive surgery to repair the damage caused by FGM/C at age 6.
Christine Nesbitt is UNICEF’s Senior Photography Editor
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