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  1. As schoolchildren start the Christmas holidays, many parents in Garissa are plotting ways to have them undergo FGM.This is despite knowing well the law prohibits Female Genital Mutilation. However, the parents organise to have the girls undergo the cut in secrecy. Statistically, the Somali community has the highest rates of FGM in the world. About 95 per cent of girls between the ages of four and 11 undergo FGM, according to Unicef. Zahara Hashi, a nurse at Simaho, said at least three cases of retained menstruation, formation of cyst and delayed delivery are reported at the facility every week. These conditions lead to fistula and may cause permanent disability. Some of the women have since been divorced for sexually underperforming. How come no headway is being made among Somali people, what makes this practice so persistent and difficult to eradicate in this community? A friend of mine's wife took her daughter to Africa just this year to undergo this ritual. I was shocked because they were relatively educated.