Algeria breast cancer survivors shunned as 'half-women' Jan 03, 2018 0 215 12345 AFPAlgiersAs if losing a breast to cancer was not traumatic enough, Algerian mother-of-three Linda was then spurned by her husband for being"mutilated" and a"half-woman"."Cancer? It's nothing compared with being rejected after 18 years of marriage," the 50-year-old medical assistant said, still clearly upset years later.Linda is one of hundreds of Algerian women to have been abandoned by their husbands or fiances after being diagnosed with breast cancer, a charity says.Thousands of women are found to suffer from the disease every year in Algeria, leaving many with no option but to surgically remove a part of their body deeply associated with their feminity.Hayat says her fiance dumped her after she told him she had an emergency operation to remove a breast."He told me: 'I want a whole woman, not three-quarters of one'," the 30-year-old student said, bursting into tears.Samia Gasmi, the head of a cancer charity, says many women are dropped by their husbands just after they are diagnosed, leaving them alone to face drastic treatment -- and sometimes even without a roof over their heads."Some sink into depression," said the head of Nur Doha, which means"Light of Day" in Arabic."Others end up in shelters because they have nowhere else to go once their husbands abandon them."In a country where breast cancer is viewed as a private matter, patients are often reluctant to speak up -- even sometimes hiding it from their own family."These women view their illness as shameful," Gasmi said. One woman refused to tell her own sister, she said, while another started wearing the Islamic scarf before chemotherapy so her husband's family would have no idea when her hair started falling out.One patient"chose to die with her two breasts rather than accept any removal".All women interviewed by AFP refused to appear in front of a camera and refused to give their second names.Sociologist Yamina Rahou says this feeling of shame comes from the"pain of having a body part that symbolises feminity amputated".Patients who have had a breast removed feel they no longer fulfil the role society demands of a woman, the researcher at the Social and Cultural Anthropology Research Centre in Oran said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Israel law tightens hold on occupied Jerusalem sectors Jan 03, 2018 0 849 Iran's supreme leader blames enemies for spread of unrest Jan 03, 2018 0 94 UN rights experts decry repression in Saudi Arabia Jan 03, 2018 0 96 Israel targets Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attack AFP Gaza City Israeli aircraft attacked Hamas bases in Gaza early on Tuesday in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave targeting southern Israel hours before, officials said. The aircraft targeted .. Iran reopens all border posts with Iraqi Kurdistan Iraq Iran on Tuesday reopened the last two border posts with Iraqi Kurdistan that it closed in response to an independence vote rejected by Baghdad and neighbouring countries, officials said. The Iranian consulate in .. Saudi minister back at work after graft detention Riyadh A Saudi minister who was detained in an anti-govt probe at a Riyadh hotel attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he was"proven innocent", media reported. The official Saudi Press Agency posted on its Twitter .. Egypt files murder charges against Coptic church attack suspect CAIRO Egypt's public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week, judicial sources said. The .. Egypt hangs four convicted of 2014 bomb attack CAIRO Egypt has hanged four men convicted by a military court of killing three military students in a bombing in 2014, security sources said on Tuesday. It was the second reported multiple execution of convicted Islamist .. Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months CAIRO Egypt is to extend its nationwide state of emergency for three months from Jan. 13 to help tackle"the dangers and funding of terrorism", state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. Egypt first imposed the current state .. 2 shells from Syria hit southeastern Turkey: Anadolu ISTANBUL Two artillery shells from Syria hit Turkey's southeastern province of Hatay on Tuesday and Turkish border troops fired back, the state-run Anadolu agency said. The shells came from an area of Syria .. Iran reformists condemn violence and US support for protests Tehran Iran's reformist politicians on Tuesday condemned violence that has rocked the country in recent days, accusing the US of stirring unrest while still calling on their government to address economic ..