New survey reveals that majority of women in Kurdistan have undergone genital mutilation.
By Qassim Khidhir in Erbil (ICR No. 323, 11-Feb-10)
Mariam Nadr, 77, has a fine home in an upscale neighbourhood of Erbil and is a prominent member of the community. She has a bright smile, a calm demeanour and wears the white shawl of a respected Kurdish matron.
Part of Nadr’s social standing stems from her past: for many years mothers came to her to perform genital mutilations on their daughters. For these women, the act was a cultural and religious rite.