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Andrea Bruce
The Washington Post

"Female Circumcision"

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"female circumcision" A group of girls are gathered at a home in Iraqi Kurdistan where they are told there is a party. In reality, their mothers have brought them to a midwife who will circumcise the girls. Female circumcision is a rite of passage for most girls in Kurdistan. It is meant to "cleanse" them of improper or sexual thoughts and actions.



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