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Help end breast ironing in Cameroon

Chi Yvonne Leina
Posted July 15, 2015
Expired on September 13, 2015

What goes on in the mind of an 11-year-old girl who is locked up in a kitchen daily by her own mother, who uses a fire-hot stone to burn and press her sprouting breasts?

Pain and perpetual fear become her daily companions. She is forced to believe that it is a shameful thing for her breasts to develop. Imagine her at a later stage in life not being able to breastfeed her baby because the milk ducts have been destroyed by this practice or unable to enjoy sex because her sensual nerves were killed by her mother in the name of protection.

This is a daily reality for over 4 million girls in Cameroon,[i]where mothers have resorted to destroying early signs of womanhood in their daughters for fear of attracting sexual predators.

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Emily Miki
Jul 17, 2015
Jul 17, 2015

When I was in class 5 my mum used to iron my breast to push it in. Recently she told me that she had done that to stop my breast from growing to fast but that thing doesn't work since right now I don't even have big breast. Truly it is pain for no reason. Lets join forces and stop it.