July 7, 2017

The Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for the Pusiga constituency, Hajia Ayamba Laadi has expressed dismay at the continuous practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Pusiga District of the Upper East Region.

She blamed the phenomenon on the closeness of the area to the boarders of Burkina-Faso and Togo which encourages cross-boarder practice.

The MP who described the situation as “horrible,” stated that residents in the Pusiga area cross to the neighboring communities in the two countries for the practice and back.

She expressed worry about the persistent practice of FGM in the area despite several campaigns to curb the menace but assured the fight would not end.

“It is not easy,” but we are not relenting on fighting the canker. “I do not know what they get from it after several campaigns against it. It can lead to death”, she said.

The latest evidence of FGM in the area was detected last year at Widana a community in the District, where a young girl was condemned to the ordeal.

According to the Assembly Man for the area, Aburago Sali the case was reported to the Pusiga police but an out of court settlement was done at the chief’s palace.

He disclosed the Assembly and some nongovernmental organisations, including Action Aid were seriously fighting the practice.

Christian Kpesese / ghanamps.com