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Female Genital Mutilation reports the rise in the UK

It has recently become mandatory for medical professionals to report when they notice a woman has underwent FGM, this has resulted in, among others, at least 120 reports in Birmingham between April and June 2016 and  80 in and around Bristol. These numbers don’t reflect the situation correctly as most victims are unlikely to come forward.  It’s estimated 60,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM and 137,000 girls and women have already been subjected to it.

FGM takes place in communities originating from parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East where it is seen as a traditional part to prepare a young girl for marriage. It’s reported that UK victims are often between 4 and 10 years old, yet babies are sometimes subjected to it as well.

Most of these cases are carried out without anesthesia and many without proper medical training or equipment, posing a significant immediate danger for the girls’ heath, beyond the expected physical and mental trauma.

Kam Thandi, NSPCC service head for helplines: “Children who are […] victims of female genital mutilation often don’t even know it is abusive and harmful, because it is done at the request of their family.There is also a huge pressure […] to keep quiet about FGM, with some people even being threatened with violence.”

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I know these pictures are upsetting to some, but these are problems that need to be seen as they are, unfiltered, for the gruesome barbaric acts they are, that we are allowing to take place in Europe because of our weak stance on immigration and integration. We owe it to these kids to address it.

UK citizens with questions or concerns about a family or child at risk can contact 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.

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I MET LASHTON THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE

Okay, I’ve calmed down a bit since yesterday aha, so I just wanted to add that I did apologise for disturbing them on their day off but they were completely fine with giving me a hug and listening to me ramble about how much I loved them and then taking a selfie with me. It means so much to me that they would take time out of their day to stop for me and I will treasure this day forever ❤️

3 years and 363 days ago, i got into my university even though i didn’t get the right grades. i was really disappointed and i didn’t check online if i had got in, so there was an awkward twenty minutes when i was congratulating everyone else at my admittedly pretentious and smart school while feeling terrible that I didn’t get my first choice.

fast forward to today, and i don’t even speak to the same people i congratulated. i smashed my dissertation, got a decent result, and now I’m about to start studying a masters at the same university. i helped raise £70,000 for charity, helped kick off a UK-wide network of university record labels, had a friend die for the first time and lived independently for the first time.

good luck to everyone for tomorrow

you all did fantastic regardless of how your a-level exams went