“It’s an ancestral tradition, which is part of the essence of our culture and we prefer no interference in this, “Ziagama Thursday told health authorities, State officials and human rights defenders, who have announced to fully battle the practice they see as mutilation.Ziagama told the opponents of female circumcision his indigenous clients are willing to explain their motives and take part in discussions in order to be able to preserve their cultural heritage.Female circumcision, the removal or alteration of a girl’s clitoris, is controversial worldwide and forbidden in many countries. It is officially forbidden under Colombian law, but Colombian law also allows indigenous communities their own laws.
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