Agreed. The idea of a screaming, unwilling child having some painful, dangerous, pointless procedure done on them is horrendous. Especially when it is something that will change the girls' life experience forever. It is in the same category as foot binding.
I did not forget about consent. But what if the girls are older and do consent to whatever? What is consent, anyway, without knowledge? Do teen girls who consent to breast implants to make them more attractive understand that they might not be able to nurse a baby? Do they realize that cultural pressure to look a certain way might not matter as much when they are a bit older?
A friend from Kenya told me that she did never got the FGM at 12 or 14 when all the other girls did, because her family was modern and progressive (wealthy diplomats and business people, in fact). But, at the time, she wanted to get it because she was the only one who was different. She would have consented, if her parents had wanted to do it.
When I was a teenager, I was scrawny, skinny and flat as a board. I would have jumped at the chance to have big breasts and look like brick house Pam Grier. (Hell, I wouldn't mind looking like her now!) Even if the procedure had a 50% chance of killing me, I might still have done it. Now, looking back I think I was stupid to care so much about what my body looked like to others.