The horror of female genital mutilation and other grotesque forms of abuse against children is happening in Hammersmith and Fulham and throughout London, according to a Shepherd's Bush charity.

The Masbro Centre-based Wilde Foundation, co-founded by W12-based journalist Jinga Ashanti, runs the Protect a Girl Child project and held a seminar at the Lyric Theatre last week to raise awareness of the distressing practice, which is particularly rife in Somali communities.

Other abuses can also include forced marriages and other degrading practices such as breast ironing.

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