Around 2,000 girls in Bristol are at risk of falling victim to an illegal operation that can cause death or serious illness.

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, is widely practised in Somalia, more than 20 other African countries and areas of Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Healthcare professionals, policy makers, educationalists and police representatives attended a day of performances and awards yesterday held at The City Academy Bristol in Lawrence Hill to help raise awareness of the illegal practice.

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