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In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

It's the last day of school in Tharaka-Nithi, a community in Kenya’s remote former Eastern province. Classrooms are empty, signaling the start of a one-month break for students. It’s also the most common period for female genital mutilation. But here, as in some other African communities, females as young as seven face intense social pressure for the procedure. If they refuse to be cut, they risk stigma and victimization. A few hundred meters away from the school compound,...

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