A young girl being put through female circumcision
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'Mothers do not want to cut daughters but they have to'

The majority of people oppose female genital mutilation (FGM) in the countries where it is practised, a study by Unicef has found.

More than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to FGM and 30 million more are at risk over the next decade, Unicef says.

However, the survey found that support for FGM was declining amongst both men and women.

Claudia Cappa from UNICEF told the BBC that mothers did not want "to cut their daughters" but felt they had to.

  • 22 Jul 2013
  • From the section World
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