S. African boys saved from forced circumcision: police

A boy cries before being circumcised in Shinyalu, in Kakamega, on August 8, 2014South African police have rescued 11 teenage boys from forced circumcision, officials said Thursday, after parents reported that the youngsters had been taken away for the traditional but often dangerous ritual. African teenagers from some ethnic groups often spend time in secluded bush or mountain regions as part of their initiation to manhood, which includes circumcision and lessons in courage and discipline. Scores of boys and young men have their penises amputated each year after botched circumcisions during the rite-of-passage ceremonies.



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