Angry Poro & Sande Members Allegely Attacked Church Pastor

Report reaching INSIGHT Newspaper says a Pastor identified as Melvin SP Parwon has been allegedly attacked by unknown marksmen at his home on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Pastor Parwon, accordingly, was allegedly attacked by some angry Sande and Poro society’s members for what they terms as “openly exposing their evil practices”.

The attacked, according to an eyes witness was rained on the Pastor and his family on Sunday night at about 10:00pm, warning him (victim Parwon) to stopped preaching against the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or else they will kill him and my family.

“They beat and torture him that night and leaving him with wounds while bled from his head, hand and right leg,” the eyes witness explained.

The eyes witness also accounted that Pastor Parwon was rescued by neighbors after they started to hear his kids screaming that night but when they got on the scene those marksmen fled away leaving him brutalized.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the erroneous belief that the procedure is safer when mediatized.

FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. Generally speaking, risks increase with increasing severity of the procedure.

Liberia has imposed a one-year ban on female genital mutilation - a highly contentious issue in the West African country - but campaigners said it may not be enforceable and urged the new president to push for a permanent law.

The ban came into force after former leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed an executive order.

The ban makes it an offence to perform FGM on anyone under 18 but it can still be carried out on adults with their consent.

Campaigners said FGM should be banned outright as even women who gave consent often did so under pressure.

Activists have long campaigned for FGM to be outlawed in Liberia, a country of about 4.6 million people, where around half of women have undergone the procedure.

However, FGM has been an awkward issue for Johnson Sirleaf - Africa’s first female president - because it is overseen by a highly secretive and politically influential women’s society.

Supporters say the ritual, involving the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, is a key rite of passage. But it often causes health problems and can be fatal.

Last year parliamentarians removed FGM from Liberia’s domestic violence bill, saying it was a cultural matter.

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