39 boys dead so far this year because of circumsisions during initiation-rituals

Junie 30, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

A rather grim topic, yes I know, but something needs to be done. According to Ms Precious Matsoso, newly appointed director-general of the Dept of Health, 39 boys and young men died so far this winter in the Eastern Cape alone.

Many others are in hospital, and some of them will have to have their penisses amputated to save their lives.

Now, I am all for rituals and traditions, but I must agree with Ms Matsoso, who said that her department “finds the situation unacceptable.”

She further said that, while people’s rights are accepted to practice traditions and rituals, “it must be done in the context of acceptable health norms and health practices.”

Matsoso and her department are not alone in their pleads that these practices must stop. Traditional healers have in the past pleaded with government to stop inexperienced people to carry out the circumsisions, but to no avail. How many more boys must die before somebody call this murder?

2 antwoorde op 39 boys dead so far this year because of circumsisions during initiation-rituals

  1. Exactly! I do know that tradition is taken much more seriously than in our communities, but would I allow my son to go and partake in something that can lead to his death? Surely not.
    It seems the age old problem of Africa. A lot of talk, very little gets done.

  2. erikavz het gesê op Julie 1, 2010

    It is so sad and totally unnessecary

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