conjoined twins help spread Islam

Conjoined twins are a rare phenomenon whose occurrence is approximately 1 in 50,000 births to 1 in 100,000 births. A large majority is unable to survive birth or early stages of life, those that do due to the advancements of medical science would still have to face several challenges ahead of them.

I do not have much information on this phenomenon especially the ethical and moral views surrounding it, however, I find this particular case of conjoined twins who were separated in 2007 a bit disturbing. When these girls were born 4 years ago the inhabitants of the village considered them to be a ‘gift from Satan’.  And now that they have been separated, a surgery that was sponsored by the Saudi monarch, the village is slowly converting to Islam which again is being financed and supported by government of Saudi Arabia. The parents were the first to start this trend and with the establishment of Islamic center, mosque and school more people are slowly switching faith.

I don’t like the sound of this. Cameroon is one of the lowest rank countries in the World on Human Development Index (153/182) and Global Competitiveness Report (111/133). With such amount of poverty and economic disparity it would be more appropriate to spend money on better areas like proper health care, better education and developing human skills. Hard line religious schools and poverty only prepares breeding grounds for disillusioned young fanatics. And that is one of the things we need less of right now.


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