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Increasing Numbers of Young People Seek Help Against 'Honour Culture' Violence

•, by Chris Tomlinson

Dilek Baladiz, a manager at Onigo, a Swedish centre designed to help young people suffering honour violence get support, claims that the number of young people coming forward to the centre has dramatically increased, TT reports.

Sara Mohammed from the anti-honour violence nonprofit GAPF claims the violence is becoming far more elaborate, as well. She described an honour killing in Årsta, Stockholm, where a man mutilated a woman's face.

"He cut off her nose, lips, and ears. It has symbolic significance in the culture of honour. The cutting of the ears means that you have not listened to the norms and values," she said.

Honour culture tends to be the most prevalent in heavily migrant-populated suburbs, according to Baladiz. "In some areas there is repression. The more compatriots in an area, the more pressure there is to live according to the norms of honour and the more watchful eyes," he said.

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