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08/08/2014 15:12 BST | Updated 08/08/2014 15:59 BST

Young Boys Forced To Undergo Painful Circumcision In Western Kenya

During August, thousands of boys aged between 10 and 18 undergo male circumcision in Western Kenya, an painful ritual that is viewed as an important rite of passage within local communities. The pictures show the ceremony being carried out by a traditional circumciser in Shinyalu, Kakamega.

Earlier this month, reports emerged from from the country of circumcision being inflicted on men in the nearby town of Moi’s Bridge, a ceremony reportedly carried out against the victims' will.

According to the IBT, twelve men were seized and subjected to the unnecessary and painful procedure after it was revealed by their wives that they had not been circumcised.

West FM reported that crowds cheered and sang songs as the men were rounded up and taken to a nearby medical facility. “We are happy with the move to have such men cut because uncircumcised men are dirty and do not perform well in bed and thus we are sure their wives will now enjoy their marriages,' said one of the witnesses to the ceremony.

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