The BBC reports on a circumcision gone awry. Terribly, terribly awry:
A sixteen-year-old Kenyan boy is being treated in hospital after losing part of his penis in a circumcision ritual…
Medical officers at the Bungoma District hospital told the BBC that the tip of the boy’s penis was chopped off by mistake when the knife wielded by the circumciser slipped.
He has been undergoing surgery on Friday to prevent further bleeding.
Maybe if a moyle had been there—instead of the far less impressively named “circumciser”—this wouldn’t have happened. At the very least, we hope the boy got a fair serving of wine. He certainly could’ve used a drink.
For the great masses whose circumcisions had far happier endings, the medical benefits of the procedure include the decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. As PRI reports, the Ugandan government is touting the virtues of circumcision as part of its campaign to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The campaign’s catchy “Circumcision Song” is hitting the airwaves and will have have you singing along before you know it. Go on, check it out:
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