These selected photographs were taken in various health institutions in the Eastern Cape during 2012 and 2013. They illustrate the magnitude of the problem faced by medical practitioners during the initiation seasons.


Informed consent has been obtained for each clinical photograph shown. It should be noted that this consent may be withdrawn at any time; subjects can contact me at ulwaluko@gmail.com if they wish to do so. Every effort has been made to ensure anonymity and all metadata has been removed. Some photographs have been edited digitally to enhance colours and contrast.


Mia Malan, the health editor of the Mail and Guardian newspaper, wrote two articles about the boys behind the photographs: 'the boys who lost their manhood' and 'play speaks for maimed initiates'. Both articles are excruciating reads.




Please be warned that most photographs are graphic. Scroll down to view them.





 











                  

#2  Skin loss

#3  Infected (a)

#1  Infected

#4  Incomplete

#5  Muthi

#3  Infected (b)

#7  Incomplete

#8  Muthi

#6  Infected

#10  Infected

#11  Incomplete

#09  Infected

#13  Gangrene

#14  Infected

#12  Muthi

#16  Muthi

#17  Large wound

#15  Infected

#19  Incomplete

#20  Gangrene

#18  Epithelium loss

#22  Infected

#23  Epithelium loss

#21  Deformed

#25  Large wound

#26  Rotting

#24  Infected

#28  Skin loss

#29  Epithelium loss

#27  Death

#31  Skewed

#32  Skin loss

#30  Incomplete

#34  Incomplete

#35  Amputee

#33  Death

#37  Deformed

#38  Skin loss

#36  Infected

# 40  Infected

#41  Deformed

#39  Infected

#43  Amputee

#44  Gangrene (a)

#42  Epithelium loss

#44  Gangrene (c)

#44  Gangrene (d)

#44  Gangrene (b)

#45  Death

#46  Infected (a)

#44  Gangrene (e)

#47  Gangrene (a)

#47  Gangrene (b)

#46  Infected (b)

#47  Gangrene (d)

#48  Epithelium loss

#47  Gangrene (c)

#50  Large wound

#51  Infected

#49   Swollen glans

#52  Gangrene (b)

#52  Gangrene (c)

#52  Gangrene (a)

#53  Large wound (a)

#53  Large wound (b)

#52  Gangrene (d)

#55  Gangrene (a)

#55  Gangrene (b)

#54  Muthi

#56  Epithelium loss

#57  Large wound (a)

#55  Gangrene (c)

#58  Infected

#59  Torture

#57  Large wound (b)

#60  Incomplete (b)

#61  Epithelium loss

#60  Incomplete (a)

#63  Gangrene (a)

#63  Gangrene (b)

#62  Deformed

#64  Epithelium loss

#65  Nose pulling

#63  Gangrene (c)

#66  Deformed (b)

#67  Infected

#66  Deformed (a)

#69  Epithelium loss

#70  Infected

#68  Infected

#72  Deformed

#73  Amputee

#71  Epithelium loss

#75  Epithelium loss

#76  Large wound

#74  Epithelium loss

#78  Infected

#79  Epithelium loss

#77  Amputee

#81  Abuse

#82  Epithelium loss

#80  Amputee

#84  Skin loss

#85  Infected

#83  Epithelium loss

#87  Infected

#88  Infected

#86  Epithelium loss

#90  Abscess

#91  Epithelium loss

#89  Infected

#93  Muthi

#94  Gangrene (a)

#92  Infected

#94  Gangrene (c)

#95  Epithelium loss

#94  Gangrene (b)

#97  Gangrene (a)

#97  Gangrene (b)

#96  Infected

#97  Gangrene (d)

#97  Gangrene (e)

#97  Gangrene (c)

#99  Infected

#100  Epithelium loss

#98  Epithelium loss

#101  Gangrene (b)

#101  Gangrene (c)

#101  Gangrene (a)

#103  Skin loss

#104  Amputee

#102  Tissue loss

#105  Gangrene (b)

#105  Gangrene (c)

#105  Gangrene (a)

#106  Abscess

#107  Infected

#105  Gangrene (d)

#108  Gangrene (b)

#108  Gangrene (c)

#108  Gangrene (a)

#110  Large wound

#111  Infected

#109  Skin loss

#112  Gangrene (b)

#112  Gangrene (c)

#112  Gangrene (a)

#114  Infected

#115  Urethral injury

#113  Large wound

#117  Skin loss

#118  Infected

#116  Skin loss

#120  Infected

#121  Amputee

#119  Skin loss

#122  Gangrene (b)

#122  Gangrene (c)

#122  Gangrene (a)

#123  Skin loss

#124  Skin loss

#122  Gangrene (d)

#126  Epithelium loss

#127  Infected

#125  Epithelium loss

#129  Infected

#130  Gangrene

#128  Epithelium loss

#132  Epithelium loss

#133  Epithelium loss

#131  Infected

#134  Gangrene (b)

#134  Gangrene (c)

#134  Gangrene (a)

#136  Infected

#137  Infected

#135  Tissue loss

#139  Gangrene (a)

#139  Gangrene (b)

#138  Infected

#141  Skin loss

#142  Deformed

#140  Amputee

#143  Gangrene (b)

#144  Torture

#143  Gangrene (a)

#146  Amputee

#147  SPC

#145  Tissue loss

#149  Amputee

#150  Epithelium loss

#148  Skin loss

#152  Amputee

#153  Gangrene (a)

#151  Pressure sores

#154  Amputee

#155  Abuse

#153  Gangrene (b)

 

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