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Survivors of “Breast-Ironing” - 09 Jan 2014
Images of survivors of “breast-ironing”, Cameroon’s tradition of forcibly flattening young girls’ breasts using a hot stone in the hopes of averting sexual advances and teen pregnancies.

New government research shows that the tradition has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest.
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January 06, 2014
Girls play a clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Teenage girls play a clapping game to break the ice during a weekly education session about breast ironing...
Girls play a clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa at Ndjessa's family home in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: HEALTH EDUCATION)
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January 06, 2014
Girls play a clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Girls play clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor...
Girls play a clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa at Ndjessa's family home in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
A stone and stick used for breast ironing are seen on a stool outside survivor of breast ironing Julie...
DOUALA, Cameroon
A stone and stick used for breast ironing are seen on a stool outside survivor of breast ironing Julie...
A stone and stick used for breast ironing are seen on a stool outside survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa's home in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. The stick is mainly used as for preparing food. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
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January 06, 2014
A stick used for breast ironing is seen on a fire at survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa's home...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Stick used for breast ironing is seen on a fire at survivor of breast ironing Ndjessa's home in Douala...
A stick used for breast ironing is seen on a fire at survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa's home in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. The stick is mainly used as for preparing food. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa holds a stick used for breast ironing over a fire for a demonstration...
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Survivor of breast ironing Ndjessa holds a stick used for breast ironing over a fire for a demonstration...
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa holds a stick used for breast ironing over a fire for a demonstration at her home in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. The stick is mainly used as for preparing food. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
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January 06, 2014
Priscille Dissake, 46, sits at the kitchen table in her house in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013....
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Dissake sits at the kitchen table in her house in Douala
Priscille Dissake, 46, sits at the kitchen table in her house in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. Dissake ironed her daughter Mick-Sophie Anne's breasts when Mick-Sophie hit puberty at age 10. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
A boy sits on a couch as a girl listens during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape...
DOUALA, Cameroon
A boy sits on a couch as a teenage girl listens during a weekly education session about breast ironing...
A boy sits on a couch as a girl listens during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa at Ndjessa's family home in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: HEALTH EDUCATION)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Anne-Simone Ngueti, 28, sits in the courtyard of her family home in Douala,...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Survivor of breast ironing Ngueti sits in the courtyard of her family home in Douala
Survivor of breast ironing Anne-Simone Ngueti, 28, sits in the courtyard of her family home in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Mick-Sophie Anne (L), 31, poses for a picture with her mother, Priscille Dissake,...
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Survivor of breast ironing Anne poses for a picture with her mother Dissake and her daughter Grace in...
Survivor of breast ironing Mick-Sophie Anne (L), 31, poses for a picture with her mother, Priscille Dissake, 46, and her daughter Grace, 2, in their house in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. Mick-Sophie had her breasts ironed by her mother at the age of 10. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Mick-Sophie Anne, 31, peels an orange for sale at a stall at a bus station...
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Survivor of breast ironing Mick-Sophie peels an orange for sale at a stall at a bus station in Douala...
Survivor of breast ironing Mick-Sophie Anne, 31, peels an orange for sale at a stall at a bus station in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. Mick-Sophie had her breasts ironed by her mother at the age of 10 and now educates other women and girls on the dangers of the practice. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa (L), 28, sets the table before breakfast while her mother Genevieve...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Survivor of breast ironing Julie sets the table before breakfast while her mother Genevieve watches in...
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa (L), 28, sets the table before breakfast while her mother Genevieve watches in Douala, Cameroon, November 4, 2013. Julie Ndjessa, whose breasts were ironed by her mother when she was 16, now gives weekly education session about breast ironing and rape to teenage girls in the family living room. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: HEALTH EDUCATION)
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January 06, 2014
Genevieve Ndjessa gestures in front of her house in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. Genevieve's daughter...
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Ndjessa gestures in front of her house in Douala
Genevieve Ndjessa gestures in front of her house in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. Genevieve's daughter Julie Ndjessa, whose breasts were ironed by her mother when she was 16, now gives weekly education session about breast ironing and rape to girls in their family living room. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Girls listen during a weekly education and counselling session about breast ironing and rape by survivor...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Girls listen during weekly education and counselling session about breast ironing and rape by survivor...
Girls listen during a weekly education and counselling session about breast ironing and rape by survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa at Ndjessa's family home in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture take November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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January 06, 2014
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa (standing) speaks to teenage girls about breast ironing and...
DOUALA, Cameroon
Survivor of breast ironing Ndjessa speaks to teenage girls about breast ironing and rape during a weekly...
Survivor of breast ironing Julie Ndjessa (standing) speaks to teenage girls about breast ironing and rape during a weekly education session in her family living room in Douala, Cameroon, November 3, 2013. New government research shows that 'breast ironing,' where the breasts of young girls are flattened using a hot stone, has seen a 50 percent decline since it was first accidentally uncovered during a 2005 survey by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) on rape and incest in Cameroon. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CAMEROON - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
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