New help for mutilation victims

A new helpline is being launched by the NSPCC to help girls at risk of suffering female genital mutilation in the UK. The charity along with the Metropolitan Police and the Royal College of Midwives are to combat what they call an abusive practice.

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Over 20,000 at risk of mutilation in UK communities

More than 20,000 girls in England and Wales have been deemed of risk of mutilation, according to the NSPCC, as they unveil a new helpline to support victims.

According to the charity, people from the following communities are most at risk of female genital mutilation in the UK:

  • Bohra-Dawoodi (Pakistani and Indian)
  • Egyptian
  • Eritrean
  • Ethiopian
  • Ghanaian
  • Indonesian
  • Kenyan
  • Kurdish
  • Nigerian
  • Sierra Leonean
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Tanzanian
  • Yemeni

The free 24-hour helpline on 0800 028 3550 and dedicated email address fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk is aimed at anyone concerned that a child's welfare is at risk because of FGM and wanting advice, information or support, the charity said.

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