Female genital mutilation: Why Egyptian girls fear the summer

Story highlights

  • More women have undergone FGM in Egypt than anywhere else in the world
  • 92% of married women aged 15 to 49 have had the procedure
  • Anti-FGM campaigners believe they're turning the tide on the practice

Cairo, Egypt (CNN)Summer days: They're what childhood memories are made of, glorious afternoons of unchecked freedom to frolic with friends in the sun, unshackled from the earthly obligations of a math class that never seemed further away.

But for millions of schoolgirls in Egypt, this time of year represents something much darker: the start of the female genital mutilation (FGM) season.
    Mona Mohamed was 10 years old when she underwent what's also known as a female circumcision on a hot summer day in her village in Upper Egypt.
      "I was terrified," she said. "They tied me down, my mother on one hand and my grandmother on the other."
      As Mona thrashed around, pinned by her loved ones to the living room floor, a doctor injected her with anesthesia.