Female genital cutting (FGC) is known to occur within some Middle Eastern countries. Except in Yemen and Iraq, there are no national FGC prevalence statistics available across the region. There are, however, reports and studies demonstrating that the practice occurs in various different parts of the Middle East. It is also documented that medicalised cutting takes place in areas such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reports have shown that girls may be taken from their home countries and go to cities such as Dubai to undergo FGC.
FGC is known to occur within communities in Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Iraq, Kuwait and Iran.
At least 4.1 million girls around the world are currently at risk of being cut every year.
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