web analytics
November 26, 2014 / 4 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



Female Circumcision Now a Growing Problem in Germany

For many of these women, urinating can take up to 30 minutes, and is very painful.
Female Circumcision Now a Growing Problem in Germany

Between 130 and 150 million women are victims of genital mutilation – most of them are Africans, Deutsche Welle reports. Now, doctors, teachers and social workers in Germany report being confronted by this practice in ever growing numbers.

Jawahir Cumar, who moved to Germany with her parents from Somalia when she was a girl, witnessed, at age 20, on a visit to her grandparents’ village, the funeral of young girl who had bled to death after being “circumcised.”

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced in 29 African countries, even though it is illegal in some of them. It is usually done when girls are between the ages of four and eight – using razor blades, kitchen knives and even broken glass and tin lids. Because these tools are used more than once, it also increases the spreading of bllod-based diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

FGM alters or injures female genitalia for non-medical reasons, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, urine and menstrual fluids can hardly be discharged and remain trapped as a result,” explains Dr. Christoph Zerm, a gynecologist who specializes in counseling and treating women who have undergone FGM.

“This creates an environment that is conducive for infections. It can cause severe illness in the urinary tract and even the kidney. The uterus, ovaries and the fallopian tubes can also get infected,” he adds.

For many of these women, urinating can take up to 30 minutes, and is very painful.

Cumar, who was a small child when she was mutilated, later underwent several surgeries in Germany. She founded “Stop Mutilation,” to prevent other girls and women from having a similar experience.

“The immigrants that come here bring this problem with them. That’s what made me create this organization in 1996,” says Jawahir, who is now a mother of three.

An estimated 30,000 women living in Germany have been subjected to FGM and 6,000 girls are at risk, according to human rights organization Terre des Femmes.

“Mothers-in-law and grandmothers, especially, call all the time, write letters and send messages,” says Cumar. And the message is always the same, “you have to cut your daughters! Or just bring them to us and we will do it.”

Cumar visits kindergartens and advises teachers on how they can raise awareness about FGM. She also targets African immigrants in her advocacy work.

“Many of them don’t know that it is prohibited in Germany. They are shocked when they hear that they could lose custody of their children,” Cumar says.

She was able to prevent 17 girls from being subjected to FGM last year. But there’s still a lot of work to be done in Germany as well, says Cumar, pointing to how long it took for “honor killings” to be viewed by police as a criminal offence and not simply as the customs of immigrants.

Gynecologist Christoph Zerm would like medical German students to learn more about female genital mutilation, so that doctors can provide better care to women who are affected.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Female Circumcision Now a Growing Problem in Germany”

  1. Mal Cohen says:

    and I thought bris was tough.

  2. FGM, and MGM are both relic's of the bronze age, and should be treated as such. They both share "cultural" , and religious reasons for their practice. While attempts are made to make it "scientifically" the correct thing to do, what we do know is that circumcision can be a revenue stream for those who perform the procedure.

  3. Anya Khan says:

    BS Male circumcision is not only directed by G*d, but better for men and women. Why is your bigoted self here?

  4. Ahron Ebert says:

    The west should prevent the sale of razer blades and knives to these 29 Afrcan countries.

  5. Nurul Izzati says:

    misinformation. in Islam women whom already gowns up are NOT compulsory to circumcision. this procedure only apply to child girl 2,3 weeks after birth. above all, it is not COMPULSORY for women, you can either choose or not to circumcision. another wicked propaganda to attack Muslim.

  6. What good German woman? womenofallcountries.com

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Posted to Twitter in Ferguson, MO by St. Louis County Police: "Bricks thrown at police, 2 police cars burned, gun seized by police. Tonight was disappointing."  Their motto is, "To protect and serve."
Pro-ISIS Group Says ‘Use Ferguson Flames to Fuel Terror in America’
Latest News Stories
Haircut for wigs 2

Young Israeli women arrive at the Malcha Mall in Jerusalem to donate their hair to create wigs for cancer patients at a fundraiser arranged by “Zichron Menachem”, the Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families (November 24, 2014). All photos by Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, just south of the Golan Heights.

In Lebanon, a pro-Hezbollah vocalist has been arrested for nationalist and sectarian incitement.

Crowd outside Har Nof synagogue on morning of terror attack.

Thousands attended a Jerusalem memorial service to mark the end of seven days’ mourning for five terror victims.

Vive la France

The European Parliament decided Tuesday to postpone till December its decision on recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a new country.

An ISIS-linked group calls for lone wolf attackers to use the Ferguson riots in America as cover for their activities.

Originally the police claimed it was a fight between Arabs and Jews, and not a terror attack.

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) will be receiving additional security protection.

It’s not yet clear if the attackers thought they were hitting a Jewish vehicle, or if the passengers were holding the firebomb.

A major rainstorm is expected to hit Israel overnight. Batten down the hatches

The documents, some of which were also found in a deserted apartment in Jerusalem, reportedly had belonged to a member of the prosecution team.

Only 49 US States have a Chabad House. Is this holding back the Moshiach?

All of the hit-and-run attacks were “accidents,” and no mention was made of the massacre in Har Nof.

The Netherlands will not recognize Palestinian statehood right now because it would not help restart peace talks with Israel, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.

According to his definition, anyone who wants to pray on the Temple Mount is a “right-wing extremist.”

But doesn’t “democracy” mean rights for everyone?

Among the song’s lyrics, depicting an Arab: “I will send a Jew or two to Hell…. I am just an ungrateful piece of scum.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Arab butchers in the Har Nof massacre left Canadian-Israeli Howie Rothman in a coma. Above: Rothman and two of his children.

A Toronto synagogue issued a rare Shabbat appeal to help the family.

A new App lets children and adults become virtual archaeologists.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

The new case of a 5-year-old makes it more difficult to fight NY and NJ quarantine policies.

Hamas is still in the mode of “give us a finger and we will take the whole hand.”

The Rabbinical Council of America said that since the arrest last week of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Washington, DC, it has been working assiduously to address the many challenges that its members and their communities now face.

The exhibition includes the largest gold medallion with Judaic symbols known in existence.

The soft-glove approach to campus anti-Zionists is more like a pat on the back.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/female-circumcision-now-a-growing-problem-in-germany/2013/02/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: