If I were the Ugandan Minister of Tourism, I would have little trouble advertising the country to tourists. Kevin and I went there several years ago and for anyone who is a fan of wildlife, it is a true paradise. We saw lions climbing trees, we trekked with chimps, we saw gorillas in the (awesomely and correctly named) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, we saw an amazing diversity of birds and animals cruising the Kazinga channel.
One thing we didn’t see (thank goodness) was unhygienic mass circumcision of teenage boys. That is the Ministry of Tourism’s great plan of how to lure more tourists to the country! Seriously! Lions, no; chimps, no; gorillas, no; adolescent abuse, yes!
Here’s more information:
“The Uganda and Kenya Tourism boards are looking to turn the tradition into an attraction. They have agreed to jointly promote Embalu circumcision ceremonies in Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya. President Yoweri Museveni himself has encouraged this ritual. He said it fits in well with today’s modern society where all men are encouraged to get circumcised for health purposes.”
This might be my favorite line: “Tourism experts intend to market the Embalu festivals across the world using Ugandan embassies in the hope that the ceremonies will bring in additional tourists.”
My take: time to find some new tourism experts!
Here’s a photo we took of our time there:
That would be a lot better for tourism promotion than the following: