All 30 Girls In Swedish Classroom Found To Be Victims Of Female Genital Mutilation

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School health officials in eastern Sweden have uncovered a case of one classroom where all 30 girls were victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). All but two of those 30 were victims of “infibulation,” wherein the clitoris and labia are completely hacked off and the genitals are sewn tightly together to leave only a small vaginal entrance. The classroom was in a town called Norrköping, where officials have reportedly logged 60 cases of FGM since March of this year.

Possible side effects from the procedure include fatal hemorrhaging, infertility, HIV infection, anorgasmia, menstrual and urinary pain, cysts, a higher infant mortality rate, pain during intercourse, vulval scarring, ruptured vagina, uterine blood clots, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although Sweden outlawed FGM in 1982, it doesn’t appear these girls are indigenous Swedes, anyway. Both Sweden’s The Local and England’s The Independent very carefully tiptoe around the…

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