Wales is opening its first-ever female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic to provide medical and psychological help to victims of the practice imported from Africa and Asia.

Wales is the second-smallest of the Home Nations which make up the United Kingdom, with a population of only around three million and relatively low level of immigration compared to neighbouring England — which already has five FGM clinics.

Nevertheless, figures obtained by the BBC show maternity staff in Wales were discovering a new FGM case once every three days, on average, in 2016, with the Welsh Women’s Aid charity estimated that there are at least 2,000 victims in the country.

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