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61. Boys turn into men with a knife to their penises in Africa.
After completing the circumcision rites, Mtirara will dispose of all his old clothes, a symbol of beginning his new life as man.
But if he fails to complete the course or ends up in hospital, he will live with the stigma of not being man enough.
More than 200 boys have died from botched circumcisions in the last 15 years, and 90 have lost their penises, according to the department of health.
"This is a very large number, given the fact that these deaths are concentrated in one region," said Sizwe Kupelo, spokesman for the Eastern Cape department of health.

A sixteen-year-old Kenyan boy is being treated in hospital after losing part of his penis in a circumcision ritual.
He suffered the accident during the Luhya people's circumcision festival in western Kenya when the circumciser's knife slipped.
Reporters say traditional circumcision often comes in for criticism because of the health risks but is a longstanding part of the Luhya culture.
Doctors say he is in a stable condition but may require reconstructive surgery.

Shocking photos of a young Kenyan boy undergoing a bloody circumcision ceremony show the 12-year-old being cut with a rusty knife.
The youths are not allowed to show any pain as the ancient ritual, which is meant to mark their transformation from boys into men, is performed.

The practice is part of the culture of the Bukhusu tribe in Western Kenya. There are approximately 900,000 members of the tribe and they lead a relatively modern lifestyle, but still indulge in the ancient circumcision ceremony.

Forced circumcision reported in Kenya

LIMURU, KENYA When men with machetes and axes chased Paul Otieno from his home here, they wanted more than his belongings. They wanted to cut off his foreskin.

"They were shouting, 'If we don't kill you, we'll cut your private parts,' " Otieno, a 25-year-old mechanic, said of the attack Sunday. "They were just shouting, 'Kill! Chop them all!' "

In Kenya, circumcision is a rite of passage for male members of most tribes. The Luos, however, do not practice it. In the recent tribal violence triggered by a disputed Dec. 27 election, circumcision checks have been conducted by roaming gangs of killers hunting for Luos. And the threat of forced circumcision has been used to terrify Luo men.

The number of such assaults so far appears small. The hospital here in Limuru, 30 miles northwest of Nairobi, confirmed that two cases of forced circumcision were treated after Sunday's violence, which saw members of the larger Kikuyu tribe evict hundreds of Luos from their homes. One case involved an adult, the other a 4-month-old.

An edict by the king of the Zulus to bring back circumcision for thousands of teenage boys is causing alarm in South Africa, amid record numbers of deaths from the traditional manhood ritual.

On Tuesday, at a meeting called in Durban by the government of KwaZulu-Natal, traditional leaders in the province will outline how they wish to implement King Goodwill Zwelithini's decision to reintroduce circumcision 200 years after it was scrapped by King Shaka. But health officials working with South Africa's second largest tribe, the Xhosa who never gave up the practice say the move could put thousands of lives at risk.

"We have had a disastrous year, with 80 deaths, including two suicides," said Sizwe Kupela, a Xhosa who is health spokesman for the Eastern Cape. Each year, 50,000 Xhosa boys descend on the vast province to undergo the secretive ritual including circumcision by a "traditional surgeon" and one month's seclusion in nakedness. "We see horrific cases of rotting penises, septicaemia and inadvertent castrations," he said. "Others die from dehydration and hypothermia. HIV is spread because the same knife is used on large groups of boys. My personal view is that if the Zulus go back to circumcision, they must do it the western way, in hospital.''

This tribal ritual spreads HIV through the use of the same knife among dozens of boys at a time. Ironic that it's supposed to prevent it, don't you think?
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