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Breast Ironing in Cameroon

DOUALA, CAMEROON - MAY 2007: The 'Tantines' (Aunties) carry out regular interventions in churches, arguing that breasts are created by God, and that ironing them is dangerous. They are pictured here in the protestant church in the CEBEC sports hall in Douala, wearing their campaign T-shirts. In Cameroon, there is a tradition of ironing girls' breats during puberty to delay their growth so as to reduce their attractivness to men, and to delay womanhood. Mothers use hot stones, petrol massages and magic incantations. This practice is very common and dangerous. The consequences can be very serious. Sometimes the breasts never grow again, preventing milk production for their babies in the future, but can also lead to developments of abcesses and cancer. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
Breast Ironing in Cameroon
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