Millions of Cameroon girls suffer “breast ironing”

I never heard of this horrible practice before. It is as sad as it is sick.

Life & Leisure News Article | Reuters.com: Millions of Cameroon girls suffer “breast ironing”

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Reuters) – Worried that her daughters’ budding breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and even rape, their mother Philomene Moungang started ‘ironing’ the girls’ bosoms with a heated stone.

“I did it to my two girls when they were eight years old. I would take the grinding stone, heat it in the fire and press it hard on the breasts,” Moungang said.

“They cried and said it was painful. But I explained that it was for their own good.”

“Breast ironing” — the use of hard or heated objects or other substances to try to stunt breast growth in girls — is a traditional practice in West Africa, experts say.


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Posted on July 10, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I read this in the news earlier this week.. quite diconcerting. It’s sad that they live in an environment where parents feel they need to do this to their children, to protect them from would-be rapists and predators. For all its problems, America sure is a great place to live…

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