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Note: The photographs collection shown on this page have originally been hosted online on http://ulwaluko.co.za/Photos.html. Somewhen in 2020, the photos have been deleted there, but were still available on the Internet Archive.


Ulwaluko: Photos

Ulwaluko-Photos.jpg

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. 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.

Photo categories

The photos are categorized for various types of circumcision damages which can be easily found when sorting the following table by Type:

  • Abscess
  • Abuse
  • Amputee
  • Death
  • Deformed
  • Epithelium loss
  • Gangrene
  • Incomplete
  • Infected
  • Large wound
  • Muthi
  • Nose pulling
  • Pressure sores
  • Rotting
  • Skewed
  • Skin loss
  • SPC
  • Swollen glans
  • Tissue loss
  • Torture
  • Urethral injury

Ulwaluko photos collection

# Type Image
001 Infected 001 Infected.jpg
002 Skin loss 002 Skin loss.jpg
003 a Infected 003 Infected -a-.jpg
003 b Infected 003 Infected -b-.jpg
004 Incomplete 004 Incomplete.jpg
005 Muthi 005 Muthi.jpg
006 Infected 006 Infected.jpg
007 Incomplete 007 Incomplete.jpg
008 Muthi 008 Muthi.jpg
009 Infected 009 Infected.jpg
010 Infected 010 Infected.jpg
011 Incomplete 011 Incomplete.jpg
012 Muthi 012 Muthi.jpg
013 Gangrene 013 Gangrene -mild-.jpg
014 Infected 014 Infected.jpg
015 Infected 015 Infected.jpg
016 Muthi 016 Muthi.jpg
017 Large wound 017 Large wound.jpg
018 Epithelium loss 018 Epithelium loss.jpg
019 Incomplete 019 Incomplete.jpg
020 Gangrene 020 Gangrene.jpg
021 Deformed 021 Deformed.jpg
022 Infected 022 Infected.jpg
023 Epithelium loss 023 Epithelium loss.jpg
024 Infected 024 Infected.jpg
025 Large wound 025 Large wound.jpg
026 Rotting 026 Rotting.jpg
027 Death 027 Death.jpg
028 Skin loss 028 Skin loss.jpg
029 Epithelium loss 029 Epithelium loss.jpg
030 Incomplete 030 Incomplete.jpg
031 Skewed 031 Skewed.jpg
032 Skin loss 032 Skin loss.jpg
033 Death 033 Death.jpg
034 Incomplete 034 Incomplete.jpg
035 Amputee 035 Amputee.jpg
036 Infected 036 Infected.jpg
037 Deformed 037 Deformed.jpg
038 Skin loss 038 Skin loss.jpg
039 Infected 039 Infected.jpg
040 Infected 040 Infected.jpg
041 Deformed 041 Deformed.jpg
042 Epithelium loss 042 Epithelium loss.jpg
043 Amputee 043 Amputee.jpg
044 a Gangrene 044 Gangrene -a-.jpg
044 b Gangrene 044 Gangrene -b-.jpg
044 c Gangrene 044 Gangrene -c-.jpg
044 d Gangrene 044 Gangrene -d-.jpg
044 e Gangrene 044 Gangrene -e-.jpg
045 Death 045 Death.jpg
046 a Infected 046 Infected -a-.jpg
046 b Infected 046 Infected -b-.jpg
047 a Gangrene 047 Gangrene -a-.jpg
047 b Gangrene 047 Gangrene -b-.jpg
047 c Gangrene 047 Gangrene -c-.jpg
047 d Gangrene 047 Gangrene -d-.jpg
048 Epithelium loss 048 Epithelium loss.jpg
049 Tight bandage 049 Tight bandage.jpg
050 Large wound 050 Large wound.jpg
051 Infected 051 Infected.jpg
052 a Gangrene 052 Gangrene -a-.jpg
052 b Gangrene 052 Gangrene -b-.jpg
052 c Gangrene 052 Gangrene -c-.jpg
052 d Gangrene 052 Gangrene -d-.jpg
053 a Large wound 053 Large wound -a-.jpg
053 b Large wound 053 Large wound -b-.jpg
054 Muthi 054 Muthi.jpg
055 a Gangrene 055 Gangrene -a-.jpg
055 b Gangrene 055 Gangrene -b-.jpg
055 c Gangrene 055 Gangrene -c-.jpg
056 Epithelium loss 056 Epithelium loss.jpg
057 a Large wound 057 Large wound -a-.jpg
057 b Large wound 057 Large wound -b-.jpg
058 Infected 058 Infected.jpg
059 Torture 059 Torture.jpg
060 a Incomplete 060 Incomplete -a-.jpg
060 b Incomplete 060 Incomplete -b-.jpg
061 Epithelium loss 061 Epithelium loss.jpg
062 Deformed 062 Deformed.jpg
063 a Gangrene 063 Gangrene -a-.jpg
063 b Gangrene 063 Gangrene -b-.jpg
063 c Gangrene 063 Gangrene -c-.jpg
064 Epithelium loss 064 Epithelium loss.jpg
065 Nose pulling 065 Nose pulling.jpg
066 a Deformed 066 Deformed -a-.jpg
066 b Deformed 066 Deformed -b-.jpg
067 Infected 067 Infected.jpg
068 Infected 068 Infected.jpg
069 Epithelium loss 069 Epithelium loss.jpg
070 Infected 070 Infected.jpg
071 Epithelium loss 071 Epithelium loss.jpg
072 Deformed 072 Deformed.jpg
073 Amputee 073 Amputee.jpg
074 Epithelium loss 074 Loss epithelium.jpg
075 Epithelium loss 075 Loss epithelium.jpg
076 Large wound 076 Large wound.jpg
077 Amputee 077 Amputee.jpg
078 Infected 078 Infected.jpg
079 Epithelium loss 079 Loss epithelium.jpg
080 Amputee 080 Amputee.jpg
081 Abuse 081 Abuse.jpg
082 Epithelium loss 082 Epithelium loss.jpg
083 Epithelium loss 083 Epithelium loss.jpg
084 Skin loss 084 Skin loss.jpg
085 Infected 085 Infected.jpg
086 Epithelium loss 086 Epithelium loss.jpg
087 Infected 087 Infected.jpg
088 Infected 088 Infected.jpg
089 Infected 089 Infected.jpg
090 Abscess 090 Abscess.jpg
091 Epithelium loss 091 Epithelium loss.jpg
092 Infected 092 Infected.jpg
093 Muthi 093 Muthi.jpg
094 a Gangrene 094 Gangrene -a-.jpg
094 b Gangrene 094 Gangrene -b-.jpg
094 c Gangrene 094 Gangrene -c-.jpg
095 Epithelium loss 095 Epithelium loss.jpg
096 Infected 096 Infected.jpg
097 a Gangrene 097 Gangrene -a-.jpg
097 b Gangrene 097 Gangrene -b-.jpg
097 c Gangrene 097 Gangrene -c-.jpg
097 d Gangrene 097 Gangrene -d-.jpg
097 e Gangrene 097 Gangrene -e-.jpg
098 Epithelium loss 098 Epithelium loss.jpg
099 Infected 099 Infected.jpg
100 Epithelium loss 100 Epithelium loss.jpg
101 a Gangrene 101 Gangrene -a-.jpg
101 b Gangrene 101 Gangrene -b-.jpg
101 c Gangrene 101 Gangrene -c-.jpg
102 Tissue loss 102 Tissue loss.jpg
103 Skin loss 103 Skin loss.jpg
104 Amputee 104 Amputee.jpg
105 a Gangrene 105 Gangrene -a-.jpg
105 b Gangrene 105 Gangrene -b-.jpg
105 c Gangrene 105 Gangrene -c-.jpg
105 d Gangrene 105 Gangrene -d-.jpg
106 Abscess 106 Abscess.jpg
107 Infected 107 Infected.jpg
108 a Gangrene 108 Gangrene -a-.jpg
108 b Gangrene 108 Gangrene -b-.jpg
108 c Gangrene 108 Gangrene -c-.jpg
109 Skin loss 109 Skin loss.jpg
110 Large wound 110 Large wound.jpg
111 Infected 111 Infected.jpg
112 a Gangrene 112 Gangrene -a-.jpg
112 b Gangrene 112 Gangrene -b-.jpg
112 c Gangrene 112 Gangrene -c-.jpg
113 Large wound 113 Large wound.jpg
114 Infected 114 Infected.jpg
115 Hypospadias 115 Hypospadia.jpg
116 Skin loss 116 Skin loss.jpg
117 Skin loss 117 Skin loss.jpg
118 Infected 118 Infected.jpg
119 Skin loss 119 Skin loss.jpg
120 Infected 120 Infected.jpg
121 Amputee 121 Amputee.jpg
122 a Gangrene 122 Gangrene -a-.jpg
122 b Gangrene 122 Gangrene -b-.jpg
122 c Gangrene 122 Gangrene -c-.jpg
122 d Gangrene 122 Gangrene -d-.jpg
123 Skin loss 123 Skin loss.jpg
124 Skin loss 124 Skin loss.jpg
125 Epithelium loss 125 Epithelium loss.jpg
126 Epithelium loss 126 Epithelium loss.jpg
127 Infected 127 Infected.jpg
128 Epithelium loss 128 Epithelium loss.jpg
129 Infected 129 Infected.jpg
130 Gangrene 130 Gangrene.jpg
131 Infected 131 Infected.jpg
132 Epithelium loss 132 Epithelium loss.jpg
133 Epithelium loss 133 Epithelium loss.jpg
134 a Gangrene 134 Gangrene -a-.jpg
134 b Gangrene 134 Gangrene -b-.jpg
134 c Gangrene 134 Gangrene -c-.jpg
135 Tissue loss 135 Tissue loss.jpg
136 Infected 136 Infected.jpg
137 Infected 137 Infected.jpg
138 Infected 138 Infected.jpg
139 a Gangrene 139 Gangrene -a-.jpg
139 b Gangrene 139 Gangrene -b-.jpg
140 Amputee 140 Amputee.jpg
141 Skin loss 141 Skin loss.jpg
142 Deformed 142 Deformed.jpg
143 a Gangrene 143 Gangrene -a-.jpg
143 b Gangrene 143 Gangrene -b-.jpg
144 Torture 144 Torture.jpg
145 Tissue loss 145 Tissue loss.jpg
146 Amputee 146 Amputee.jpg
147 SPC 147 SPC.jpg
148 Skin loss 148 Skin loss.jpg
149 Amputee 149 Amputee.jpg
150 Epithelium loss 150 Epithelium loss.jpg
151 Pressure sores 151 Pressure sores.jpg
152 Amputee 152 Amputee.jpg
153 a Gangrene 153 Gangrene -a-.jpg
153 b Gangrene 153 Gangrene -b-.jpg
154 Amputee 154 Amputee.jpg
155 Abuse 155 Abuse.jpg

See also

a* Uganda circumcision, a video showing literally skinning the penis of an adolescent.

External links

  • REFweb Ulwaluko: Photos. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  • REFnews (19 July 1996)."Initiation horror as four dead", Eastern Province Herald. Retrieved 22 March 2021. "Of the 36 admitted to St Elizabeth and Holycross hospitals with septic wounds, three had lost their manhood and two others may lose their male organs."
  • REFnews (26 June 2002)."South African youths die during rituals", BBC News. Retrieved 22 March 2021. "Five teenage boys have died and 51 others have been injured during initiation rituals in South Africa."