DECEMBER 17: Safe from FGM

Kassindja03_1335861960FGM-somalia-girlsTEN YEARS AGO today, seventeen-year-old Fauziya Kassindja (above) arrived in the U.S. from the West African nation of Togo. Two years later, she became the first person to receive political asylum from the United States due to the threat of female genital mutilation. About 30 million women, most of them in Africa, have endured what is sometimes called female circumcision.

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