• complications of disinfibulation (which we look at later in the section dealing with the traditional practices affecting the health of the mother)
• obstetric complications (also detailed later)
• psychological complications
The list of complications following infibulation is extremely long. Some are serious and can prove fatal, both as far as the girl, the mother and the foetus are concerned. Complications and accidents are known to the public, especially to medical and para-medical bodies. By the fact that this ritual operation is deeply rooted in customs, we are forced to look into the reasons for continuing such mutilation.