Ex-supermodel Waris Dirie says FGM can end in her lifetime

January 29, 2015 9:44 PM

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Ex-supermodel Waris Dirie says FGM can end in her lifetime

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supermodel turned campaigner against female genital mutilation Waris Dirie said on Thursday she was optimistic that FGM could be eradicated in her lifetime, branding the tradition "a cruel and perfidious war on little girls."

"FGM breaches all human rights and has no place in any 21st century society," said Dirie, who underwent FGM in Somalia when she was 5 years old and whose sister bled to death after being cut.

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