IRIN/PlusNews Examines Issues Surrounding Male Circumcision in Kenya's Luo Community
September 15, 2008
Kenya's plan to launch a male circumcision campaign in the province of Nyanza in late September to curb the spread of HIV is facing difficulties from some members of the Luo community, IRIN/PlusNews reports. The Luo community in Nyanza traditionally does not practice male circumcision, and members of the Luo Council of Elders -- an advisory body that still holds significant influence -- have threatened to disrupt the campaign's launch if they are not consulted, according to IRIN/PlusNews. Riaga Ogallo, chair of the council, said that the council is not opposed to male circumcision "as long as it is voluntary," adding that "if anybody thinks they can force something alien on our community, then they are mistaken." Ogallo added that he is concerned the emphasis on male circumcision could encourage unprotected sex among young men.
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