The research showed that FGM in Mali is becoming an increasing problem rather than reducing, with the rate having gone up from 85.2 per cent in 2006. The figures are taken from a 2006 study by the Pan African Christian Women Alliance and also revealed that numbers are going up as pressure on girls to undergo the practice is increasing from a younger age. Some 73 per cent of the girls and women with FGM in Mali are cut under the age of five.
Although FGM is not a religious requirement and predates both Christianity and Islam, the perception among many Malians is that their faith requires it.

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