Shocking statistics reveal genital mutilation is quietly sweeping America; half a million girls have been permanently maimed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than half a million girls in the U.S. have undergone female genital mutilation or FGM. The practice involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia mainly for socio-cultural reasons. According to the CDC, the rate at which the practice is performed in the U.S. showed a threefold increase compared with initial estimates in 1990.
The recent findings coincide with a 2015 report released by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). The PRB report confirmed the a large number of girls areat risk of undergoing the procedure in the U.S. and abroad. According to the PRB, more than 166,000 of these girls were under the age of 18. The report noted that an increase in the number of immigrants from African and Middle Eastern countries was the primary reason behind the rising FGM rates in the U.S.
Census data showed that African immigration to the U.S. had doubled in every decade since 1970. According to latest statistics, more than 1.8 million African immigrants now reside in the U.S. Of these, 41 percent were found to have immigrated from Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt, all countries that perform FGM. The latest numbers also noted that one in five American girls at risk of FGM were from Egypt.