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EastEnders' Mila and Iqra consider calling the police in FGM story

·2-min read

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders' Mila Marwa considers calling the police next week as she continues to fear for her younger sister Kioni.

The BBC soap is exploring the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM), with Mila (Ruhtxjiaïh Bèllènéa) determined to protect Kioni from what she went through herself.

Scenes airing this week saw Mila briefly take in Kioni (Florisa Kamara) at the Beale house, but her sibling later returned home to their mum. Mila then discovered that she had just two days to help Kioni before she was due to be taken away for FGM.

Next week, Mila plans to confront her mum Nyangi (Lucy Vandi) with support from Iqra Ahmed.

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC

Related: 12 huge EastEnders spoilers for next week

Nyangi and Kioni show up on the Square, so Iqra (Priya Davdra) takes Kioni out for a while so Mila can talk to her mum.

When Mila finds the courage to bring up Nyangi's plans, Nyangi tries to shut down the conversation by insisting that it's tradition.

Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) then steps in and tries to talk to Nyangi. The situation grows heated as Kathy snaps at Nyangi for what she's planning to do.

Mila later returns and gets tough with her mum, warning that Kioni will be staying with her and she plans to call the police if Nyangi doesn't leave now.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Related: EastEnders: Mila Marwa's sister Kioni faces danger in FGM storyline

Mila takes the opportunity to discuss her own beliefs on FGM, in the hope that Nyangi will be talked round and agree that it shouldn't happen to Kioni.

Kioni overhears the conversation and rushes off, forcing Mila and Iqra to desperately search for her.

After speaking to her mum, Mila insists to Iqra that Nyangi isn't so bad.

Iqra is sceptical over this and considers calling the police herself, but Mila begs her not to. What will Iqra do?

EastEnders airs these scenes on Monday, May 31 at 8.10pm and Tuesday, June 1 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, then the Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (FORWARD) has worked with EastEnders on this storyline. FORWARD is an African women-led women's rights organisation working to end violence against women and girls, and can provide support, advice and information for those affected by FGM. Visit forwarduk.org.uk or call 0208 960 4000 to find out more.

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