Female circumcision seems to be a controversial topic and practice in different regions around the world. According to BBC, more than 3 million girls suffer circumcision each year. In many places where female circumcision is practiced, it is believed that it will maintain a girl's honor.
While there are many groups and a few campaigns around the world that consistently fight against such a practice, there seems to be much challenge in their attempts to abandon female circumcision.
The following is the link to The New York Times Photo Essay, called "Inside a Female-Circumcision Ceremony" by Stephanie Sinclair. As always, images could convey much more than words and verbal descriptions:
To read BBC's brief report on this topic, click here