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.
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.
The photos are categorized for various types of circumcision damages which can be easily found when sorting the following table by Type:
- Epithelium loss
- Large wound
- Nose pulling
- Pressure sores
- Skin loss
- Swollen glans
- Tissue loss
- Urethral injury
Ulwaluko photos collection
a* Uganda circumcision, a video showing literally skinning the penis of an adolescent.
Ulwaluko: Photos. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
- (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."
- (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."