More Gifts From Africa

Africans continue to act African even after they move to the West.

Assimilation is a myth except in the most superficial forms. Otherwise, people tend to act like their countries of origin, i.e., East-Asian tend to act like East-Asians even when they live in California or Brazil (long life-spans, high incomes and family solidarity), Finns act Finnish even when they live in New York (long lives, great test scores, high income), Mexicans continue to act Mexican even when they live in California (low incomes, low academic scores, family instability), etc.

REPORT: The mutilation, a traditional practice in the west African republic of Cameroon, aims to deter unwanted male attention, pregnancy and rape by delaying the signs that a girl is becoming a woman.

Experts believe the custom is being practised among the several thousand Cameroonians living in Britain. Schools are training staff to look out for signs of the barbaric practice. The move follows heightened awareness of female genital mutilation.

Campaigners want to see the same prominence given to other forms of cultural abuse, such as breast ironing. Margaret Nyuydzewira, co-founder of the charity CAME Women’s And Girl’s Development Organisation, says authorities need to take action faster than they have on stopping FGM in the UK.

She told the Sunday Express: “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.”

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