af-am-woman-smiles.jpgThe Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill banning female genital mutilation, a traditional, but barbaric, rite performed on young girls that has sparked an international outcry.

Convicted offenders face 10 years in prison, but if the girl dies during the act, those involved will get a life sentence, according to officials in the east African country, one of several to still allow the practice in Africa and Asia.

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