Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Leuka said he would hold such ceremonies for his daughters, aged five and 10, to promote the idea. However, rates remain very high among the Somali, Kuria, Samburu and Maasai ethnic groups. However Robi, founder of grassroots group Msichana Empowerment Kuria, said education projects using storytelling had turned around attitudes in her village where cutting rates had fallen from 80 percent to 40 percent in five years. On Tuesday, the United Nations said population growth in FGM-affected countries meant the estimated number of girls cut each year could rise from 3. He said cutting was seen as an important rite of passage which conferred status on girls among the Maasai, a semi-nomadic people known for their distinctive red robes. Robi, who was not cut as a girl because her mother was from another tribe, said she had been shunned while growing up and was still taunted. World leaders have pledged to end the practice by under global development goals agreed in Traditionally, Maasai men would not marry an uncut woman because she would not be allowed to join in important cultural celebrations and their children would be considered illegitimate, he said.
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