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  Female genital mutilation 20 September 2004  
How an estimated 6,000 girls a year within practising communities in the UK may be at risk

The practice of female mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in Britain since 1985. But in many communities here and abroad it is still accepted and condoned.

Women who have experienced FGM are twice as likely to die in childbirth and three times as likely to give birth to a stillborn child. Ninety nine per cent of Somali females undergo the most severe type of mutilation - infibulation.

The African Well Women's Clinic in Leyton, north-east London, focuses on the health care of these women who have undergone genital mutilation. Last month it received a Queen's Nursing Innovation and Creative Practice Award for care of refugees and asylum seekers.

Angela Robson went along to the clinic to find out more.

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