Teenage circumcision goes awry claiming at least 11 lives in Eastern Cape province, South Africa

Our thanks to Martin for this piece in the International Business Times. An extract:

In certain African cultures, circumcision is considered a sacred ritual to mark a male teenager’s transition to manhood. The initiation season typically begins at the start of winter when teenagers across the villages are made to undergo circumcision.

Despite the government’s “Zero Deaths” campaign, circumcision-linked deaths have been rampant in the Eastern Cape province where as many as 70 circumcision-related deaths took place in 2016. Besides, dozens of teenagers sustained penile injuries.

It simply beggars belief that with 70 deaths in 2016, there were only ‘dozens’ of teenage boys sustaining penile injuries, even leaving aside the obvious point that ALL circumcisions lead to penile injury. I would expect the true number to be in the hundreds, maybe even thousands.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Slowcoach

    So often this objectional procedure, & others like them, are dressed up as ‘rites of passage’ or possessed of some religious significance and therefore inherently good.
    Whereas in fact they are usually just primitive power and control techniques.

    That alone should be enought to condemn them, quite apart from the grievous physical damage.