Here’s a map of the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), in a new UNICEF report (http://bit.ly/uniceffgm, pdf). Egypt is near the top in Africa (incidence is 91%, and more Egyptian women, 27.2 million, have been subjected to FGM/C than any other nationality). But does FGM/C really stop at Suez? Or is it just a lack of statistics further east? A recent study shows 25% incidence among Arab women in Kirkuk (http://bit.ly/fgmkirkuk), and the figure was 38% in a recent Saudi and Kuwaiti obstetrics study (http://1.usa.gov/1caHltU). It all strongly suggests that the practice is far more widespread in the Arab East than this map indicates.
Martin Kramer is President of Shalem College in Jerusalem. Website: http://martinkramer.org/