Many Kenyan Men Flee to Avoid Forced Circumcisions

Tom Odula, MSN, August 11, 2014

The circumcision season among Kenya’s Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party, it’s time to flee. At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife’s cut.

The Bukusu ethnic group prefers traditional circumcisions using simple tools and no anesthesia. But tradition can be disastrous. A 13-year-old boy lost his penis this month after it was chopped off by a circumciser, according to local press reports quoting his parents.

Adult male members of the Turkana community living in the Bukusu-dominated town of Moi’s Bridge are the majority of the victims of the forced circumcisions, according to local administrator Moses Okumu. A group of Turkana men wielding swords, bows and clubs held protests last week over the spate of forced procedures.

Michael Ngilimo said a family member was forcibly cut by a group moving house to house in search of uncircumcised men.

“They pounced on my uncle and circumcised him and left him there bleeding without treatment. I spent a sleepless nights as my uncle was bleeding,” he said. “I woke up very early to go and look for medicine.”

To avoid becoming victims, many other Turkana men in the area sleep in the corn fields and others seek refuge in the police station, he said. The Turkana will fight back if the trend continues, Mkai warned.

“All of us should respect each other’s customs. If you force someone to adopt your custom it may harm him,” he said. “We are known, we fight with the (rival tribe) Pokot. We fight every day. We have killed. We are not afraid of death.”


Traditionally the Turkana, a Nilotic tribe whose cultural practices and way of life has not been diluted by modern influences, do not engage in circumcision as a rite of passage into adulthood. But members of the Bukusu community say since the Turkana are living among them they should adopt their most celebrated custom.

Wycliffe Khaemba, a laborer from the Bukusu tribe, said that because Turkana were living among them and marrying their girls, “we want them to be clean.”

“The foreskin keeps a lot of germs and it also prevents them performing in bed,” he said. Khaemba said that while some Turkana men are persuaded to agree to circumcision, others are “cowards” who have to be forced.


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  • Black men, only thinking about one thing. I’m so surprised.

    • Oil Can Harry

      “Muh d**k!”

      BTW our Kenyan president had to go through a similar painful ritual back in the 90s.

      Except he was pounced on in a Chi-town bathhouse.

  • What?! Black tribes are fighting amongst themselves and imposing their ethnic customs on each other? I thought only whites did that sort of thing?

    Besides, I thought all blacks lived peacefully and in harmony with each other since it’s only whites who bring ‘racism’ and ethnic conflicts?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      This is obviously still the white man’s fault. If it wasn’t for the psychological horror that all Africans (and their descendants, forever) experienced from the blight of colonization, they’d all be living in perfect harmony with each other. Everything in Africa would be perfect and peaceful if whitey had never come!


  • IstvanIN

    the Turkana,whose cultural practices and way of life has not been diluted by modern influences, In other words, they have not progressed beyond the stone age?

  • IstvanIN

    By the way, how do they know who isn’t circumcised? Don’t these “people” wear clothes? I certainly don’t know who in my town is not circumcised.

  • 4321realist

    I wonder if they circumcise the women also. Many tribes do as well as a LOT of Muslims.

    I looked up the procedure a while ago to see what it amounted to and it is so ghastly as to be obscene.

    There are three different types of FGM. And all three seriously disfigure the woman and leave her in pain her entire life.

  • I’m already circumcised. Does that mean I get free food and free beer? Free beer is good beer, and any beer one has cold in the fridge after the liquor stores have closed is also good beer.

    • Ringo Lennon

      That’s more information than I care to know.

  • Ringo Lennon

    I just hope they don’t flee to my neck of woods.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    Prepare for the refugees coming to an American town to escape circumcision.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    If only we could convince them into vasectomies instead..

  • Nancy

    “The foreskin keeps a lot of germs…”

    Since when do these savages care about germs? Aren’t these the same people who bathe in manure and eat Ebola-tainted meat?

    “…and it also prevents them performing in bed.”

    Aha. The REAL motive behind every bizarre superstition: fear that they might not be able to reproduce more useless, violent, moronic sub-humans they have no ability to support.

    • I now have no worries that this site will continue as usual in the unlikely event that I ever go back to prison. Are you from Bucharest, Romania, by any chance?

      • Nancy

        Um…no. South Philly.

        My family are the Sopranos, basically.