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  • Father Imprisoned for Genital Cutting Is Deported to Ethiopia

    The man, Khalid Adem, 41, used scissors to remove the clitoris of his 2-year-old daughter in his family’s Atlanta-area apartment in 2001, prosecutors in Gwinnett County, Ga., said. He was convicted of aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

    The case led to a state law prohibiting the practice, which was already prohibited by a federal law and is a common social ritual in parts of the world but is broadly condemned.


    “A young girl’s life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime,” Sean W. Gallagher, a field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement on Tuesday.

    “The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”

    The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 200 million girls and women have been cut in 30 countries, mostly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The procedure, which involves the removal of parts of the genitalia, is typically performed on girls before they turn 15 and leads to a wide range of lifelong health consequences, including chronic infection, childbirth complications, psychological trauma and pain during urination, menstruation and intercourse.

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  • #Ethiopia: Over 3,000 Houses Slated For Demolition in Yeka District

    Yeka District is awaiting the approval of the 10th Master Plan for Addis Abeba to knock down 3,221 residential houses that were built before April 2005. The residential houses, which will be demolished for redevelopment, are located across six weredas under the district.

    The new master plan will have a set ratio for roads, green areas, and residential areas: which is 30pc, 30pc and 40pc, respectively.

    Out of the total area to be demolished, an area with 1,032 residential units is reserved for green areas. These residential units were constructed between 1996 and April 2005, the year of the third national election, but the residents do not have title deeds, rather air map, according to Abayenah Yifru communication officer of Yeka District.

    Other than the 3,221 residential units in Yeka, there are additional 660 houses those were built after April 2005 whose fate has not yet been decided by the city administration of Addis Abeba, according to Nigussu Teshome, communications head of the Addis Abeba City Administration Land Development & Management Bureau.

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