EastEnders' Nyangi Marwa is arrested as FGM storyline continues

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EastEnders' Mila Marwa was left devastated tonight when her mum Nyangi was arrested as the soap's female genital mutilation (FGM) storyline continued.

Mila has been determined to protect her younger sister Kioni from FGM in recent weeks and tonight's (June 1) episode saw Mila bravely open up to her mum Nyangi about her beliefs on FGM and urged her to reconsider her plans for Kioni to go through the same thing.

"This needs to stop," Mila insisted. "Please, don't let them do to her what they did to me."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Unknown to Mila and Nyangi, however, Kioni had slipped away from Iqra and returned to the house, where she overheard the pair's conversation and quickly ran away when she was spotted.

As Mila and Iqra desperately searched for Kioni, Mila shared that she thought she'd started to get through to her mum and was now worried that Kioni would think the worst of her.

"She's not that bad. I got through to her," Mila insisted. "My mum can change. She's not evil, you know, she's just brought up in a different world."

In response, Iqra raised the idea of calling the police, but Mila begged her not to.

"Please, if I mean anything to you, you will forget about the police and help me find my sister," Mila said.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Not long afterwards, however, Mila received a phone call from Kathy, who insisted that she return home quickly. When she got there, Mila was devastated to see that someone had called the police after all and she watched on as her mother was taken away in a police car.

But as Mila confronted Iqra for calling the police and Iqra began to explain herself, she was quickly interrupted by Kathy who insisted that she was the one who'd called the police, not Iqra.

Will Iqra let Kathy take the blame?

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, 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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