The day before the closing event my brother Frank and I made the 12 hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio, to Portland.We faced a bit of rain but the sun ultimately made it's way through the clouds... The next morning we woke up rested and ready to explore Portland.Theologian Kamel Chekkat, of the Algerian Clerics Association, insisted men rejecting their wives after they have a breast removed is un-Islamic.“It has nothing to do with religion, it’s education,” he said.Islam “urges spouses to support each other,” he said, and an honourable man should look after his wife. Saida, a doctor who is now 55, says she met her husband at university. He even took part in protests for women’s rights,” she said.
Around 3 500 Algerian women die of the disease a year, Cherbal says.But when she had a breast removed to fight cancer, he sought a divorce and custody of their son even before she had been released from hospital.To add insult to injury, she said, he cleaned out her bank account.“I hit rock bottom,” Saida said.Leila Houti, an epidemiologist and lecturer at the University of Oran’s medicine faculty, said breast cancer was often diagnosed too late.Among the survivors who have become single, some despair of ever finding a life partner again.“Who will want a woman like me? Five years after her operation, Hayat, the student, is healing after therapy, breast reconstruction abroad and the support of friends and family.