October 29, 2012
Female Circumcision On The Rise
Female circumcision is on the rise in the Bawku municipality [of Ghana] and its environs as parents are still carrying out the act secretly even though the practice has been outlawed.
Statistics by stakeholders including the Social Welfare, Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service indicate that children between the ages of one and 17 years go through the ordeal at Bawku and neighboring countries such as Burkina Faso, Togo or Niger.
About 30 per cent of girls living in the area who have been recruited for the circumcision have it done at Bawku or some neighboring countries.
Most of the girls, who go through the act, either become school dropouts or face psychological problem, because they must stay at home until the wound is healed, which takes many weeks.
Mrs. Lydia Issaka, Bawku Municipal Girl Child Education Officer, ... noted that about 15 girls believed to have gone through the practice could not take part in the Basic Education Certificate Examination this year.