Somalia is set to finally take legal action against female genital mutilation.
According to fresh reports, a high profile FGM case that caused nationwide uproar will make the country’s first ever prosecution.
Deeqa Dahir Nuur, a 10 year old girl died after a nerve was severed by local cutters on the 17th of July. Deeqa bled out two days later in a hospital.
CNN reports that Somalia’s deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Mohamed Guuled in a conference organized by Global Media Campaign to End FGM on Wednesday confirmed that the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law. While Somalia currently has no law against FGM, Guuled confirmed that they will try the suspects using existing laws.
This is an historic moment for ending FGM in Somalia. This cannot be happening in our country in the 21st century. It is not part of our religion, and it will not be part of our culture.