Although female genital mutilation is illegal in the United States, there is cause for concern: the practice of “vacation cutting” — when girls are taken to their parents’ home countries to be cut — might be on the rise.
Several women are taking a stand. Naima Abdullahi, who was cut at age 9, runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. Atlanta resident Jaha Dukureh, 24, a Gambian immigrant who was cut twice, started a Change.org online petition in February urging a federal study that has garnered over 200,000 signatures. “No one is really talking about this in the U.S.,” she says. “No one knows. When I tell people what we are trying to do, people are in shock.”
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