Egyptian Girl Dies From Botched Female Genital Mutilation Surgery

Egyptian Girl Dies From Botched FGM Surgery

The practice has been illegal in the country since 2008 but it’s still widespread—and girls are still dying from it.

Last Sunday, a 17-year-old Egyptian girl, Manar Moussa, died in a Suez hospital as a result of complications from a female genital mutilation (FGM) operation—and her death has reignited the country’s contentious debate about the practice.

Although FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008, it is still a common procedure—particularly in more rural, conservative areas of the country. And even with a national campaign to reduce the practice by 10-15 percent over the next five years, many parents still believe that the operation “purifies” girls and keeps them from being adulterous later in life.