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Cameroon Activists Speak Out Against Practice Of Breast Ironing Among Young Girls

February 20th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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Source: The Grio

Source: The Grio

From The Grio

In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman’s femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl’s breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is typically carried out by an older female relative.

According to Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), one out of every four girls in Cameroon has been affected by breast ironing, equating to nearly 4 million young women. Breast ironing is primarily practiced in the Christian and Animist south of Cameroon, and less frequently in the Muslim north, where only 10 percent of women are affected. It is also practiced in Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo, Benin, and Guinea among African countries.

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Exclusive VIDEO Interview: Les Nubians On Their Childhood, Their Sound and Their Style

April 8th, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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Remember Les Nubians? These French and Cameroonian sisters, Helene and Celia, made a name for themselves in the American music scene with their hit "Makeda" on their debut album Princesses Nubiennes. Now, over a decade later the sisters are releasing their third album, Nü Revolution. The duo describe this album as uptempo "Afro Pop."

Madame Noire sat down with the two talented sisters to discuss their career, why the need for this album and their thoughts on natural beauty.

Man Arrested after Wife Writes Obama for Help

June 22nd, 2010 - By China Okasi
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David Goldman for The New York Times
A family photo of the couple, with a copy of her letter to the president.

Not everyone expects a response when they write a letter to the president of the United States. But Caroline Jamieson got much more than she expected when her husband ended up in jail and afraid he would be deported, according to CNN. 

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