What is the main reason behind UN chief Ban Ki-moon for launching a global campaign?
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To end female genital mutilation, UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched a global campaign on 30 October 2014. As more than 125 million girls and women have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. If current trends continue, 86 million young girls are likely to undergo same form of the practice by 2030. Female Genital Mutilation is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. It can cause severe bleeding and health issues, including cysts, infections and infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
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