There are only two countries in the world outside of Africa where “female circumcision” (FGM) is common. One is Yemen. The other is Indonesia. Islamic foundations in Indonesia have mass ceremonies where they circumcise many girls at once. One foundation, Yayasan Assalam, also pays parents Rp. 80,000 ($8) who bring their daughters for the procedure. FGM is not required in Muslim law. In 2006, the Indonesian government banned doctors from performing FGM, but then in 2011, the ban was reversed. It is becoming more and more common.
Pray for Christians to be counter-cultural and loving at the same time when it comes to this issue.
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