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A Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) run in Kilgoris, Kenya, April 21, 2007. At least 2 million girls every year are at a risk of undergoing FGM. The cut, which is generally done without anesthesia may have lifelong health consequences. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

90 percent of female genital mutilation cases in the UK originate in Africa, survey finds


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The Health and Social Care Information Centre in England recorded 5,700 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2015-16, according to figures they published on Thursday.

While the vast majority of cases occurred outside the country, 18 were confirmed to have occurred in the United Kingdom itself. 

This was the very first study to be published since the government mandated compulsory reporting of the practice for children under the age of 18. 

The age range most often affected by FGM was 5- to 9-year-olds, who accounted for 43 percent of known cases. 

Females originally born in Somalia made up 37 percent of all the new cases from the past year. Overall, 90 percent of the women and girls (whose country of birth was known) were born in Africa. 

Only 43 of the females involved in the report said they were born in the U.K. itself. 

Self-reporting accounted for 73 percent of FGM identification where the identification method was known.

The Guardian contributed to this report

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