Popular British period drama "Call the Midwife" is to feature female genital mutilation (FGM) in a storyline about a pregnant Somali woman living in east London in the 1960s.

Campaigners against FGM welcomed the news, saying the mainstream show would help boost awareness of the widely condemned practice which has long been shrouded in secrecy.

"I'm over the moon. It's amazing," said British activist Hibo Wardere whose FGM prevention work includes training medical staff.

"Five years ago no one wanted to talk about FGM but everyone is waking up now and finally seeing this as child abuse," added Wardere who nearly died when she was cut as a child in Somalia.

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