Here’s a disturbing news story about the ultra-enriched practice of female genital mutilation being imported into Australia along with its African practitioners. Before I post the news story, this is what one of our Australian contacts has to say on the topic:
There’s been anecdotal evidence for years of this sort of thing happening. A midwife tells me that a lot of the women who come in already sewn up will have to be cut open to give birth, and then they ask to be sewn up again.
At the Royal Women’s Hospital there’s a unit to deal specifically with FGM. If they are adults and want to be sewn up again, the hospital isn’t allowed to say no. They just try not to sew up as much.
There’s also been talk for years of doctors out in the west of Sydney — think Lakemba (surprise!) — applying FGM to girls rather than have their parents take them back overseas to have it done. It’s illegal, but there’s still a lot of grounds for suspicion there — when nobody’s talking, how are you going to track it down?
And now the news story:
Girls’ Hidden Agony
AFRICAN immigrant girls are increasingly being forced by their families to have barbaric female genital mutilation, Immigration Minister Chris Evans has been warned.
The minister has been told the painful ritual is almost certainly being practised here, and some girls may have been flown to Africa for the disfiguring procedure.
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Senator Evans received briefings “to respond to concerns that (mutilation) is increasingly being practised on permanent residents/Australian citizens”.
But community liaison officers said it was difficult to know how widespread it was.
Concerns have also been raised with the minister over growing levels of domestic violence in African communities, particularly against Sudanese women.
“One possible explanation for this is that women no longer have the protection of their extended families as they would have in their home countries,” he was told.
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Hat tip: islam o’phobe.