Excerpt:

A woman who was subjected to female genital mutilation when she was 11 years old said many victims are unaware the "secretive" practice is illegal.

Sarian Karim Kamara said she was initially excited to take part in the "Bondo" ritual in her homeland of Sierra Leone, where FGM is viewed as a girl's initiation into womanhood.

But the 36-year-old, who now lives in Peckham, said she had been "naive" and was left with complications when she gave birth later in life.


Read the complete original version of this item...