Islamist atrocity of the week: Boko Haram hack Christian women's ears off in Cameroon
Islam-inspired violence against Christians continues unchecked in many areas of the Middle East and Africa.
The barbarism of Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, has reached new heights after reports of women having their ears chopped off during an attack on a Christian village.
Local media reports that Boko Haram fighters stormed the Christian village of Kalagari in northern Cameroon on July 29, taking eight women hostage and cutting off their ears before releasing them.
The women are being treated for their injuries but Open Doors UK said it was not clear whether all of the abducted women had been released.
The militant group has terrorised Christian communities in Nigeria for the last decade and has now splintered and spread its violent ideology into Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
It is notorious for abducting women and girls, most famously 276 largely Christian schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014, but there have been others.
Nigeria is number 12 on the Open Doors World Watch List of top 50 countries where persecution against Christians is the greatest.
In some primitive Islamic cultures, hacking off ears and noses is a traditional form of punishment for women, whether non-Muslim or Muslim:
Afghanistan: For supposedly 'shaming' his family, Bibi Aisha's Taliban husband cut off her ears and nose. Fortunately, she received reconstructive surgery in the United States.
Turkey: 13-year-old Rojda was raped then forced to marry her rapist in an unofficial Islamic-style ceremony. Her husband's family mutilated her when she refused to prostitute herself after he was imprisoned for raping another child.
Pakistan: Once beautiful Allah Rakhi hid her face for 32 years after her brutal, bullying husband cut off her nose. She recently received surgery for a new one, which she says has 'brought her back from the dead'.
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