A Queensland woman accused of arranging for her two daughters to undergo female genital mutilation claimed what happened to them was "from God", a court has heard.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was interviewed by police soon after bringing the girls, aged 12 and nine, home to the Logan area, south of Brisbane, after a seven-month trip to Somalia in late 2015.
Through a interpreter, she told police their trip had been to visit her mother and she'd done "nothing" in relation to a genital mutilation procedure.
Whatever had happened to the girls was "from God", she said.
The woman is on trial in Brisbane District Court, fighting two counts of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.
She has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
On Tuesday, the jury also heard the girls told a Queensland detective "yes, we both had it done" when asked if they had a procedure in Somalia.
They pointed to their genitalia when they made that comment at their home during a first encounter with police, the court heard.
Prosecutors allege the girls were unaware when they taken to Africa in April 2015 they would be undergoing a procedure to remove parts of their genitalia, which occurred in their mother's presence.
A doctor who examined the girls testified it was unlikely abnormalities to their genitals he observed were caused by "natural variation".
Pediatrician Ryan Mills examined the girls after they had spoken to police, saying flattening of their clitoral hoods and discolouration of associated skin was "abnormal".
"There was not that normal 'tenting'. There wasn't the normal fleshiness to the region," Dr Mills said.
"The skin was flat.
"You would have to think that it occurred by some sort of cutting."
Under cross-examination, Dr Mills was asked if the abnormalities could have been a "natural" condition such as lichen sclerosus, which causes patchiness of skin in the genital area.
He was also asked if it could have been caused by an accident, fingernail scratching or an infection.
"(The abnormalities) could be explained or are consistent with, in medical terms, genital mutilation," he said.
He said there was no therapeutic reason for the procedure, which would have been painful and may cause long-term health issues.
One of the girls' stepsisters also gave evidence on Tuesday, revealing she had alerted child protection services about what was allegedly done to the girls in Somalia.
She denied suggestions from defence barrister Patrick Wilson that she encouraged the girls to come forward because of conflict with their mother.
Prosecutors believe the woman arranged the procedure days after arriving in Somalia.
Both girls were conscious for the procedure, the court has heard.
The trial continues.