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State Stops the Opening of Free Clitoral Repair Hospital for FGM Victims in Burkina Faso

Written by Rakotomalala On 12 March 2014 @ 17:32 pm | No Comments

In Burkina Faso, Education, English, French, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, Quick Reads, Sub-Saharan Africa, TYPE, Women & Gender

The first hospital to offer free clitoral repair for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) was open to the public  its doors in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso on March 7 but the government refused to allow doctors to treat the 80 patients scheduled for surgery [1] [fr] because of incompletion to fill in the adequate paperwork. Clitoraid, the association that sponsored the event, opines that the government was pressured by religious groups to stop the event [2] [fr] :

Cette opération chirurgicale permet de réparer les dommages physiques encourus par les victimes de MGF. Mais l'Église catholique et ses acolytes se sont opposés à cette merveilleuse mission en menant une campagne de dénigrement à des fins purement égoïstes  

This surgery can repair physical damage incurred by victims of FGM. But the Catholic Church and its followers were opposed to this wonderful mission through a smear campaign for purely selfish reasons.


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[1] refused to allow doctors to treat the 80 patients scheduled for surgery: http://www.cameroonvoice.com/news/article-news-14380.html

[2] pressured by religious groups to stop the event: http://fr.clitoraid.org/print.php?news.116

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