A two-year-old boy died and his five-year-old brother was hospitalized in serious condition after the two children were subjected to ritual circumcision at home by a Libyan self-appointed ‘doctor.’
The events took place yesterday in Monterotondo, a poor suburb near Rome. The two children were at a refugee center that the NGO Arci Roma manages together with the municipality since 2009.
The children are both of Nigerian origin. The so-called 66-year-old physician who performed the ritual appears to be a US citizen of Libyan origin.
The prosecutor of Tivoli has now ordered his arrest and charged him with manslaughter, bringing serious injuries to minors and abusive exercise of the medical profession. According to a first reconstruction the practice was performed first on the older child and then on the younger one.
When the refugee centre management became aware of the life-threatening condition of the two, the Italian emergency number was called and an ambulance arrived shortly after. For one of the two children, however, there was nothing anyone could do anymore as he had already lost too much blood.
The little toddler, who has not been named, was born in Italy in January 2017 to a woman of Nigerian origin who is believed to have sought asylum in Italy. She has 5 other children who remain in Nigeria.
The operation took place in a refugee welcome centre with nine apartments provided by the nonprofit organization Arci and the local council in the town of Monterondo, a suburb of Rome.
"We are shocked to learn of the death of a child and the serious condition of his twin in Monterondo,” Arci’s Rome branch said in a statement published on its Facebook page on Sunday. “The two children are hosted in a welcome centre that Arci has run with the Monterotondo Council since 2009. It is a tragedy that leaves us speechless! We are anxiously awaiting a medical update on the second child.”
The mother, holder of humanitarian refugee passport, arrived in the house in Monterotondo in mid-November. The management of the refugee center claims that they had no suspicion that she wanted to subject the children to circumcision.
Mr Antonino Lupi, the mayor of Monterotondo declared: “It is an absolute tragedy.”
“No-one outside the family is allowed to enter the building. Evidently the mother took the initiative without telling anyone, otherwise it would not have been at all allowed.”
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