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Two-year-old girl thought to be at risk of FGM returned to UK

FGM protection order made

A two-year-old girl who was thought to be at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) has been returned to the UK from Guinea, the High Court has been told.

Mr Justice Moylan had heard that the father had abandoned the child in Guinea and returned to the UK himself with her passport. Concerns that the girl was due to be cut were first raised by her mother who had been subjected to FGM herself.

Zimran Samuel of Doughty Street Chambers said that the Metropolitan police launched an investigation, a family court in London made an FGM protection order and Dutch embassy staff arranged for the girl to be brought out of Guinea. The girl's circumstances will be considered further at a hearing in the family court in the near future. 

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Guinea has the second highest prevalence of FGM worldwide, after Somalia. Although FGM is forbidden by law, it is practised in every region, by all ethnic or religious group and social class. For more details, click here.

For a report of the High Court proceedings in The Guardian, click here.