I believe this is the first time a U.S. mainstream media outlet has openly addressed this issue.
They unfortunately throw in the "Medical research has shown circumcision sharply reduces the spread of HIV and other diseases," but at least the lie that circumcision doesn't kill or mutilate is being uncovered. Unfortunately, the response is likely to be: Circumcise earlier and in hospitals.
|A law banning bush circumcisions hasn't helped. Thirty-seven have died in Eastern Cape province this year; others, like Zweni, have lost all or part of their penises. More than 400 boys have died in the province since 1994, according to government health figures.
"More than a hundred years ago, this custom was stopped by the King of Pondos," says Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, chairman of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders. "Now, because children are mixing with other tribes at school who practice this custom, young ones all of a sudden take this upon themselves."