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Islamic State Orders All Women in Northern Iraq Submit to Genital Mutilation

July 24th 2014

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The UN says militant Islamist group Isis, the so-called Islamic State, has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The procedure involves the surgical removal of the clitoris and, in some cases, the labia of the victims. According to a BBC report, Jacqueline Badcock of the United Nations said that the religious edict applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.

Badcock expressed grave concern over what she termed an unprecedented fatwa decree issued by the Islamists who control the city. Badcock, who is the UN's resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told reporters via videolink from Irbil that the practice "is something very new for Iraq... 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," she added.

Last week, Christians were told to convert to Islam or face death. Mosul is now empty of Christians, while their properties have been seized by the Islamists. An ancient Christian monastery was also seized by the Islamists, as well as a cathedral. The black flag of Islam now flies over each.

The ritual cutting of girls' genitals is practiced by Muslims in Africa, the Mideast and Asia in the belief that it prepares them for adulthood or marriage. In December 2012, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution calling for a ban of the barbaric practice.

Cutting Edge contributor Martin Barillas also edits Speroforum.com


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