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In Cameroon, breast flattening or breast ironing, is considered a human rights violation by the Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). The practice involves flattening a young girls b*****s with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells. It is often carried out by an older female relative. Almost 4 million young women in Cameroon have been subjected to this treatment, according to the UNPFA. In the Muslim north only about 10 percent of young girls are affected by this practice, but more are treated this way in the Christian and Animist south. Although the practice can result in physical damage in addition to retarding developing b*****s, many elders condone it. Mothers or close relatives of young girls who perform the practice believe breast ironing will deter s*xual predators. It is also hoped by those who carry out the breast ironing that it will minimize the young girls s****l activity thereby giving them more chance to get an education. The U.S. State Department, in its 2011 human rights report on Cameroon, stated that “The procedure was considered a way to delay a girl’s physical development, thus limiting the risk of s****l assault and teenage pregnancy,” the report states. “Girls as young as nine were subjected to the practice, which resulted in burns, deformities, and psychological problems.” A press release by the UNPFA states that this is not an effective way to curb unwanted pregnancies, “Statistics confirm that in addition to being a human rights violation, the practice is ineffective in deterring pre-marital pregnancy. One-third of unwanted pregnancies occur between the ages of 13 and 25, with more than half falling pregnant after their first s****l encounter,” it states. In 2007, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) became one of the first agencies in the west to report on the practice. Dr. Flavien Ndonko of GTZ, listed among breast ironing’s many dangerous consequences: high fever, breast cancer, severe chest pain, infection as a result of scarification, cysts, breast deformities and complete disappearance of the b*****s. “Saying that b*****s are destroyed is an understatement,” Dr. Ndonko said in previously published reports. “Adolescents are traumatized, mutilated. This is a serious damage not only on their physical integrity, but also on their psychological well-being.” Authorities have tried to stress the need for education and contraception as humane, effective substitutes, yet this tradition, which some says dates back to the 1800s, continues.

Activists Attack the Horrible Practice of “Breast Ironing”

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In Cameroon, breast flattening or breast ironing, is considered a human rights violation by the Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). The practice involves flattening a young girls b*****s with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells. It is often carried out by an older female relative.

Almost 4 million young women in Cameroon have been subjected to this treatment, according to the UNPFA. In the Muslim north only about 10 percent of young girls are affected by this practice, but more are treated this way in the Christian and Animist south.

Although the practice can result in physical damage in addition to retarding developing b*****s, many elders condone it. Mothers or close relatives of young girls who perform the practice believe breast ironing will deter s*xual predators.

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