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Campaigner attacked ‘for warning school kids against FGM'

Hibo Wardere talks to school pupils [Photo credit: Frederick Bremer School]

A FEMALE genital mutilation (FGM) survivor was attacked on an east London by a mother who was angered that she told her child that the practice is a form of abuse.

Hibo Wardere, 46, fled Somalia’s civil war when she was 18, 12 years after suffering FGM - the brutal and potentially lethal practice which occurs in the UK every 96 minutes.

The mother-of-four from Walthamstow, east London, now visits schools educating children about the barbaric tradition, which angered her attacker who seized the opportunity to confront her after spotting Wardere on the bus.

Wardere told The Evening Standard: "I had a scary confrontation on the 257 bus in Walthamstow."

"A woman with a full niqab recognised me and ran at me screaming my name and snarling, 'You came to my child’s school, you told her FGM was abuse'.

"I could only see her eyes but they were full of rage.

"She was so angry she had to be dragged off the bus, but I was jumping for joy inside because that meant a child had confronted their parent."

FGM is one of the most extreme forms of violence against girls and is a violation of their fundamental rights. The mutilation ranges from the partial cutting or pricking of the clitoris, to the complete removal of the external sex organs.

A recent City University London and Equality Now study shows that FGM has been carried out on 137,000 women and girls living in England and Wales but Wardere believes these figures will sky-rocket once a full NHS survey comes out next year.

Wardere is pressuring the Government for the dangers of FGM to be put on the national curriculum so the UK “can raise an entire generation to protect themselves”.

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