Milton Blahyi, a former feared rebel commander in Liberia's brutal civil war, has admitted to taking part in human sacrifices as part of traditional ceremonies intended to ensure victory in battle. Milton Blahyi fought Charles Taylor's forces in the war He said the sacrifices "included the killing of an innocent child and plucking out the heart, which was divided into pieces for us to eat. Mr Blahyi, 37, is better known in Liberia as "General Butt Naked" because he went into combat with no clothes on, to scare the enemy.
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For many generations, people of the Omo Valley have led a traditional life. Most members of the Hamer tribe are pastoralists, which is why cattle hold a significant place in their culture. From an early age, children are taught to farm land and look after the livestock.
This will not post anything on Facebook or anywhere else. While for some people it may mean a celebration of an age which legalizes them to certain activities, for others it is nothing less than a living nightmare. This tribe strongly believes that the vitality of machismo and the real power of man lies in the semen of an elder. Source: youtube.
Each year, boys die while attending initiation schools, as the government tries to balance cultural rights and child safety. July 18, On June 6, just as the sun was dipping below the horizon, year-old Ponkie Lebitse stole a blanket from his bed and sneaked away from his home in Orange Farm, a township about 25 miles outside Johannesburg.
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Jane Wharton. They have been repeatedly whipped with birch sticks by their male peers as they take part in a traditional coming of age ceremony. Thick welts cover their bodies but instead of screaming in agony they taunt their abusers to beat them harder.