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The latest estimates put the number of girls being circumcised in Burkina at 70 percent.

She was just doing her job, said Salamata Soulga: a cut for 10 kola nuts and a piece of soap per girl.

Salamata and the other women in the village know that girls suffer unbearable pain during the operation.

The clitoris and labia are often cut out without anesthetic.

Thanks to Bangr Nooma, the women also understand that female circumcision almost always causes later health problems - both physical and mental.