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Issue 435 -- May 29- June 04, 2010

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News Headlines

U.S. Is Said To Expand Secret Actions In Mideast

Somalia Pirate Attacks Up From Last Year

Local and Regional Affairs

Somali Diplomat Concerned About Texas Terror Alert  

Somalia Militia Attack Kenya Village 

'Pirates' Claim They Were Just Fishing For Sharks... With Rocket Launchers 

Somali Terror Member May Be Heading To Texas 

Investigation Opens Into German Mercenaries In Somalia

Prosecutors Demand 7-Year Sentences For Piracy


The Status Quo Is No Longer Acceptable In Buhoodle

Features & Commentary

Istanbul Declaration

International News


Ethiopians Vote Meles Zenawi Counts!!!!

Riyale Is Unwilling To Recognize Or Identify With The Feelings And Needs Of Others

NZ Doctors Unlikely To Back Genital Mutilation

Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2010 A New Zealand doctor says it is unlikely that obstetricians on either side of the Tasman will agree to a token form of genital mutilation on baby girls.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently raised but quickly backed down from the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral "pricking" or nick, in order to "satisfy cultural requirements."
Today the Sydney Morning Herald reported the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) was planning to discuss the issue at the meeting of its women's health committee next month.
With a rise in Somali and Sudanese numbers in Australia, doctors were seeing more cases of young girls, and women, needing surgery after illegal operations, the paper said.
RANZCOG secretary Gino Pecoraro said: "If a nick could meet the cultural needs of a particular woman, then it might save her from going through what can really be drastic surgery.
"But we need to make sure we do not legitimise the ritualistic maiming of children."
But Digby Ngan Kee, of Palmerston North, who is vice president of RANZCOG and a member of its women's health committee said Dr Pecoraro's comments were not the official position of the college.
"We remain opposed to female genital mutilation," he told NZPA.
The committee will discuss the statements put out by the Americans, Dr Ngan Kee said.
"But I'm on the women's health committee and I think it's highly unlikely that we would ever support a policy of that kind".
Up to 140 million women and children worldwide have been affected by female genital cutting, according to the World Health Organisation.
Reasons given by practising populations include religion - despite the Koran not requiring it - and that it can help maintain cleanliness and health.
A 1995 amendment to New Zealand's Crimes Act made it illegal to perform "any medical or surgical procedure or mutilation of the vagina or clitoris of any person" for reasons of "culture, religion, custom or practice".
All Australian states and territories had passed similar laws by 1997.
Source: Stuff, Friday, May 28, 2010





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