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Kurdistan's women suffer female circumcision

  • Local girls sit by a well in the ancient village of Pashqrotal, Iraqi Kurdistan. Local rights workers say this highly traditional rural village have an almost 100 percent rate of what they refer to as female genital mutilation. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

  • Halema, 70 and a widow of 30 years, said: "I was like this one [pointing to an a young girl of 11 sitting nearby]. There were four of us - friends together. I was bleeding and very very sick. If I did not do it they said I would be dirty and unclean, and no one would eat anything from my hands." (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

  • 11-year-old Delan talks with her friends by a well in the ancient village of Pashqrotal, Iraqi Kurdistan. Local rights workers say this highly traditional rural village have an almost 100 percent rate of what they refer to as female genital mutilation. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

  • Halema said she did the same to her own daughters, as was expected. "But I am an old woman. I don't know anything about anything anymore," she said. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

  • Halema holds rosy beads in her neighbor's home in Pashqrotal village in Iraqi Kurdistan. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

  • Layla, 31 and pregnant with her third child, talks with friends in her home in Pashqrotal village in Iraqi Kurdistan. Layla says at the age of six, she experienced what human rights groups call female genital mutilation. "I still remember the day. My family gave me chocolates. I was so excited. But then my aunty came to cut me. They didn't tell me anything." Layla says see did not want her daughter to have the same "bad memory" as she had, but one day when she was not at home her aunt came and "cut" her daughter, too. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

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