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article imageISIS orders genital mutilation of women and girls in Mosul, Iraq

By Anne Sewell     Jul 24, 2014 in World
Mosul - The UN has reported that militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all girls and women, aged 11 to 46 and living in and around the city of Mosul, to undergo female genital mutilation. The potential number of victims was quoted as approximately 4 million.
The news was broken by the UN resident humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock. The latest shocking news is now added to an already long list of crimes against the people by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since their takeover of northern Iraq last month.
Speaking of the "fatwa" or religious edict, Badcock told reporters in Geneva on Thursday: "This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed."
"This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," Badcock added.
Badcock was speaking to reporters via a video link from the Kurdish provincial capital of Irbil.
Female genital mutilation is practiced in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, where they believe the practice prepares them for adulthood or marriage, but it is also used to control women's sexuality. The operation involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. However, this practice poses many health risks to women including infections, cysts, problems urinating and infertility. It has also been known to increase the risk of newborn deaths in childbirth and fatal bleeding. Female genital mutilation has been outlawed in most of the countries in which it occurs, but the laws are poorly enforced.
ISIS has taken over large swathes of Iraq with the goal of establishing a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state in the territories of Iraq and Syria. Since they launched their campaign, thousands of refugees have fled the area.
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