State Stops the Opening of Free Clitoral Repair Hospital for FGM Victims in Burkina Faso

The first hospital to offer free clitoral repair for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) was open to the public  its doors in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso on March 7 but the government refused to allow doctors to treat the 80 patients scheduled for surgery [fr] because of incompletion to fill in the adequate paperwork. Clitoraid, the association that sponsored the event, opines that the government was pressured by religious groups to stop the event [fr] :

Cette opération chirurgicale permet de réparer les dommages physiques encourus par les victimes de MGF. Mais l'Église catholique et ses acolytes se sont opposés à cette merveilleuse mission en menant une campagne de dénigrement à des fins purement égoïstes  

This surgery can repair physical damage incurred by victims of FGM. But the Catholic Church and its followers were opposed to this wonderful mission through a smear campaign for purely selfish reasons.

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