EastEnders has confirmed a scenario of FGM (female genital mutilation). But what is FGM?
Earlier this week, Mila Marwa was shocked when her younger sister Kioni showed up at Walford.
As Kioni revealed to Mila that their mother was planning to take her on a trip, Mila looked worried.
In the scenes last night (Tuesday, May 25), Mila tried to ask Kathy, who she had stayed with, if Kioni could stay a few nights. However Kathy was against the idea.
Kioni arrived in Walford this week (Photo credit: BBC)
When Kathy realized Mila had Kioni in the house, Mila explained to Kathy why she didn’t want her sister to come home.
She revealed that her mother is planning to take Kioni on a trip in two weeks.
Mila said: “She is being taken away for … she is old … to be cut.”
Kathy didn’t realize what she meant at first, but looked horrified when the directing began.
Kathy was horrified when Mila revealed the reason for Kioni’s trip (Photo credit: BBC)
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“You would call it FGM,” Mila added.
Kathy was horrified. However, she wanted to know how Mila could be sure. The young woman explained that this had happened to her.
Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions on FGM
But what is FGM?
What is FGM?
Female genital mutilation is defined by the NHS as a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or altered, but there is no medical reason for it.
It is also called “female circumcision” or “excision”.
Type 1 is a clitoridectomy, which involves removing all or part of the clitoris.
Type 2 is excision – removing all or part of the clitoris and the inner labia (the labia that surround the vagina), with or without removal of the labia majora (larger outer labia).
Mila explained that this had happened to her (Photo credit: BBC)
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Type 3 is infibulation – the narrowing of the vaginal opening creates a seal, formed by cutting and repositioning the labia.
Type 4 is any other procedure that is harmful to the female genitals such as pricking, piercing, cutting, burning, or scratching the area.
FGM has no beneficial effects on health and can often cause long-term problems with regards to sex, childbirth and mental health.
The procedure is illegal in the UK.
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