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Ex-supermodel Waris Dirie says FGM can end in her lifetime

 Reuters 09 February 2019

Supermodel turned campaigner against female genital mutilation Waris Dirie has said she is optimistic that FGM could be eradicated in her lifetime. "FGM breaches all human rights and has no place in any 21st century society," said Dirie, who underwent FGM in Somalia when she was 5 years old and whose sister bled to death after being cut. An estimated 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone FGM which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. Dirie’S Desert Flower Foundation aimS to save 1 million girls across Africa from the "barbaric" ritual in the next few years. (548 Words) - By Emma Batha

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Human rights activist and top model Waris Dirie from Somalia attends a news conference during the 4th World Meeting of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness at the Banamex auditorium in Monterrey.  Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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