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The Bukusu

It's not always easy to reform a person who was cultured in a way that was too traditional and involving a lot of traditional believes and practises like shedding of blood and even things to do with the gods and the cleansing of land and its is for this reason that no matter what efforts the government does to stop traditional circumcision in the African community and root for the modern circumcision in hospitals the efforts will be fruitless. There have been calls for the government to discourage traditional circumcision especially in the Bukusu community but there calls simply seem to land on a deaf ear because for the moments of my community the other forms of circumcision are unacceptable and any one who goes through the hospital kind is not counted as a man and for the fear of that,they all choose as a man and for the fear of that,they all choose,to go with the painfull way of traditional circumcision.


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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Bukusu Land, Bungoma, Kenya
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