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James Nachtwey: Mandela’s Children

James Nachtwey: Mandela's Children

Xhosa teens, initiated into manhood in a centuries-old circumcision ritual called ulwaluko, stay in seclusion outside their Eastern Cape village, wrapped in ceremonial blankets and painted with white clay for purification. Hospital surgeries reduce the infection rate, but many boys opt for the old rite. More photos from Nachtwey’s story can be seen here on National Geographic online.

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  1. James always has amazing images… if you haven’t seen the documentary on him, “war photographer”, check it out. I also found TED talks video to be quite interesting too, you can find it on itunes, free to download.

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