Ignorance surrounding the life-threatening practice of female genital mutilation is 'worryingly high', a leading charity has warned today.

More than one in three people (35 per cent) in the UK do not understand the term, a survey commissioned by Plan UK has revealed.

The illegal practice, which can result in death, has attracted growing media attention in recent years, with Hollywood A-lister and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie leading the campaign to wipe it out.

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