I photographed Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old student, at the City Academy in Bristol on the International Day Of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Fahma is leading a new campaign to have FGM recognised as a key UK government priority. She is appealing to Education Minister Michael Gove to write to every headteacher in the UK before the next "cutting season" – the summer holidays; when girls are cut in order to give them time to recover without it being noticed by teachers – asking them to train schools and parents about FGM.
It's horrifying to think that girls in UK schools could be exposed to this barbaric mutilation but it is believed around 24,000 British girls are currently at serious risk.
There is a CHANGE petition running here, with just under 170,000 signatories. Please take the time to support Fahma and her campaign.