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10-year-old girl undergoes genital mutilation during ritual in Sierra Leone, dies

Dakar : A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) during an initiation into a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone, police said on Wednesday, sparking renewed calls for the practice to be banned.

Authorities have arrested the woman in charge of initiations as investigations continue, said Amadu Turay, unit commander of the Mile 91 police division, in Sierra Leone’s northern Tonkolili district about 240 km (145 miles) east of Freetown.