Friday, 3 June 2016

Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines


Sarah Adoyo 4 weeks ago 22440

– Hundreds of schoolboys went under knife in a traditional mass circumcision
– The painful ceremony took place at a school in Marikina city, the Philippines
– Five years ago 1,500 boys were circumcised to enter the Guinness Book of Records

Last month 300 pre-teen boys underwent a bloody procedure of a mass circumcision as part of a traditional rite of passage into manhood.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
A youth grimaces as a doctor in the Philippines carries out a circumcision operation
This year the boys were circumcised right on the top of classroon tables at school in the city of Marikina, the Philippines.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
Schools are often converted into makeshift operating theatres to enable as many circumcisions as possible
Commonly more affluent parents opt to have their children circumcised as newborns in hospital.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
A boy pulls a face as his classmates also undergo circumcision
However, the majority prefer their sons undergo the tradition at around 5-7 years of age.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
A boy pulls a face as his classmates also undergo circumcision
They would either go to government-sponsored missions, hospitals, or to a local circumciser.

That’s why the Philippines government sponsors an annual circumcision session provide the service for free and ensure safe practice.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
A father comforts his son a nurse performs the operation on his foreskin
The practice is so popular that in 2011 more than 1,500 boys underwent surgery as an attempt to set a world record but their bid was rejected by the Guinness Book of Records on ‘hygiene’ grounds.
Hundreds of schoolboys circumcised together in Philippines
A boy opens his mouth during the painful procedure
According to the World Health Organization data, circumcision can reduce the risk of heterosexual men getting HIV by 60%

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