More joys of diversity, immigration, racial harmony and all that good stuff….
Here’s a game you can play at home: what you do is you cover up everything except the headline and then you play ‘guess who’ based on that headline. Who do you think is engaging in ‘breast ironing’? You can base your guess on 1. it’s horrific 2. it’s ‘a practice’ and 3. A charity is warning us about it….
Well…. you could strike me down with a feather…
My money was on Somalis but, turns out, it’s people from Cameroon. Guess I was being too specific.
The practice is especially popular in the African nation of Cameroon, where it is intended to protect young girls from unwanted male attention, rape and pregnancy, by keeping them looking like children.
Now campaigners believe the practice is spreading among the several thousand Cameroonians who live in Britain, and are urging schools to look out for signs of the abuse. Speaking to the Sunday Express, Margaret Nyuydzewira of the charity CAME Women’s And Girl’s Development Organisation said: “It is vitally important that people who have a direct involvement with children have an eye on this issue. Children can much more easily open up to teachers, which is why schools must play an important role in raising awareness.”
One victim described the excruciating process involved in breast ironing: “My mother placed a pestle on the fire and then applied it to the two growing breasts on my chest. The process is very painful. She did it over again for about five months.”
I suppose, if it had been Somalis, they being Muslim, breast ironing to make women look like children would be ineffective as a preventative measure against rape.