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    The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

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    Her family said they were going on a vacation. But Nimco Ali was taken to a woman who performed genital mutilation. Now Ali is helping the more than 100,000 girls in the U.K. possibly at risk.

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    The U.K. tended to treat the issue as a practice from a foreign culture that did not demand attention. But it has become a central focus for police, doctors, and even the British prime minister.

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    For the International Day of the Girl Child, we wanted to bring to light issues that are often hidden from view. So we turned to five photographers who devote much of their time to girls' issues.

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    They each were cut when they were young. As outspoken opponents of the practice, they're accused of going against their religion. (They're not.) And of being brainwashed by white women. (Also untrue.)

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    A new report says an estimated half a million American girls are at risk. The U.S. and other developed countries can learn from efforts in Africa to eliminate the practice.

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    Dr. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years in prison after a girl died in his care. NPR found him working at a government hospital.

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    Saturday is the U.N.'s "Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation." The Secretary-General is calling for an end to FGM, and UNICEF has released a report on the prevalence of the practice.

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    And 60 million of the cases are in Indonesia, which was added to the survey for the first time — evidence that FGM goes far beyond Africa and the Middle East.

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    The chief of the U.N. has called for a better way to mark the coming-of-age of girls. Some communities are paving the way with a new kind of ritual.

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    It's the first systematic documentation of the practice in the republic of Dagestan. Reactions from a mufti, a priest and a rabbi have sparked a charged debate.

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    A new study tests an intriguing strategy. Can a melodramatic movie change minds about a dangerous but longstanding ritual?

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    Efforts to stop the practice have focused on health risks. And yet it remains widespread. A new study may explain why.

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    The charges brought against two U.S. doctors for alleged female genital mutilation brought renewed attention to the ritual. We interview a World Health Organization specialist to learn more.

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    Jaha Dukureh is featured in the documentary "Jaha's Promise." She got Gambia to outlaw the practice. But could she convince her father?

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    The laws were spurred by the criminal case of an emergency room doctor charged with performing the procedure on multiple girls in suburban Detroit. The United States banned the practice in 1996.

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    HBO has optioned the novel Who Fears Death by sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor. And the man behind GoT— George R.R. Martin — is at the helm.