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32 girls rescued as hundreds others face cut

By | December 7th 2010 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300


Thirty schoolgirls have been rescued from undergoing circumcision and planned early marriage in Pokot County.

This comes as reports indicate more than 350 girls have been circumcised in Marakwet since schools closed despite the Government warning to prosecute perpetrators.

Another 200 schoolgirls are reportedly lined up for the cut in Tot and Tunyo divisions of Marakwet East.

In Pokot, the 30 girls were rescued as they were being prepared for the rite of passage.

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An NGO has stepped up measures to combat the vice in which some parents are forcing girls to undergo the ritual during this festive season.

Yang’at Girl Child Potential Sensitisation Group, based in Kapenguria, is also educating 30,000 other girls on the importance of education.

The founder, Deborah Katina appealed to the Government to take tough measures against those promoting the practices.

"There is high risk of losing girls to forced marriages during this festive season unless the Government reinforces the ban on female circumcision, which is carried out in remote areas of the county."

And in Marakwet East, DC Joseph Kisang’au said hundreds of girls had been lined up for the cut.

"We have reports that girls aged between nine and 15 are ready to face the knife on Wednesday and preparations have already been finalised; but the Government will stand against the vice," said the DC.

Elsewhere in Kuria West, Migori County, a chief rescued two girls who had been taken to the circumciser. Police are now looking for the parents of the nine and 11-year old girls.

Reporting by Osinde Obare, Edwin Cheserek and Nich Oluoch

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