The Gambian government has introduced a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Information Ministe, Sheriff Bojang,on Tuesday in Banjul announced the order by President Yahya Jammeh, which came into force immediately.

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He said 158 female circumcisers have desisted from the cutting since a campaign was launched by the Gambia Committee for Traditional Practices.

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“In May, the committee urged the National Assembly to heed the call by local chiefs and communities to ban FGM in the country.

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“It is not clear whether legislation would be put in place to enforce the ban,” he said.