Effects of Cutting Ritual among Somali Immigrants

Six years ago, Somali refugees fleeing that country’s civil war began to settle in Springfield, Massachusetts. About 40 families are living here now – and still adjusting to American culture. They also came here with their own cultural practices – and one of those is the controversial ritual of female genital cutting. Very few women want to talk about it publicly — something one Springfield organization wants to change. WFCR’s Karen Brown has this report. It contains descriptions that may be graphic for some listeners.