Child protection: Mary, 13, Mali

“I still remember the day I was cut, aged seven. Now, thanks to Plan, my sisters have been saved,” says Mary, 13, from Mali, where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised. “My village leader signed an agreement to end FGM in the community. Plan have been coming to our village and teaching us about the health problems FGM causes and we no longer want to be doing it. FGM will be an old story here now.”