- Pat Sidley
Fourteen boys have died as a result of botched circumcisions in the past month in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Hundreds more boys have been maimed and mutilated in the same process which takes place annually at “circumcision schools,” usually conducted in the bush, away from towns and villages. In South Africa, in many groups, boys are circumcised between puberty and adulthood, and it marks the ritualised passing from boyhood to manhood.
In the past few years, however, this “circumcision season” has been marred by …