FGM Survivor Hospitalized in Moroto

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The girl was rushed to Moroto Referral hospital on Thursday after her neighbors tipped off Police when they saw her condition deteriorating.

A 12-year-old girl is admitted in Moroto Referral hospital in critical condition after she was subjected to forceful Female Genital Mutilation-FGM. The victim, whose names have been withheld because she is a minor, is a resident of a remote village in Tapac Parish in Moroto district. The girl was rushed to Moroto Referral hospital on Thursday after her neighbors tipped off Police when they saw her condition deteriorating. According to the victim, her auntie asked her to accompany her to harvest sorghum in the garden.

She explains after walking a short distance into a thicket her auntie handed her over to a surgeon who was waiting for them. She says that found 13 others girls who are younger than her already mutilated. She says that the girls were bleeding profusely. The minor says that she tried to resist, but she was overpowered and forcefully mutilated. Juma Ssemanda, an Orthopedic Officer says that the FGM survivor is out of danger. He says that the girl was brought to hospital after suffering severe injuries on her labia minora, which was bleeding severely. Ssemanda says that they have arrested the bleeding and put the girl under intensive care treatment.

George Obia, the Karamoja region police spokes person says that they have started hunting for the suspects involved in the banned practice. He says that they were tipped off by residents when the FGM suspect was abandoned in a bush next to their home. He appeals to the communities to report people involved in promoting FGM, which was banned by government in 2010. FGM is carried as an initiation into womanhood amongst the Pokot and Tepeth in Karamoja including the Sabiny.

It involves the cutting of the clitoris and other vital parts of the vagina. FGM can result into prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and serious complications during child birth leading to death in extreme cases. Moses King, Tapac Sub County Community Development Officer has advised the Tepeth community members to desist from the practice.