Tuesday, September 30, 2008
RITE OF PASSAGE
A man is caught and forcefully circumcised. Reason? His neighbours insist he has to adhere to their tradition before he can continue living with a girl from their community. The 'male circumcision' craze has hit Kenya. A nod from the government, and more importantly from Luo Members of Parliament, just validated this injustice. It is a case of a noble course misintepreted to validate skewed opinions. One thing we journalists must always assert as we report on male circumcision as one of the way of reducing HIV infection is: it is VOLUNTARY.