GANGRE, Kenya, Aug. 18 —  The women of this village call Francise Akacha “the terrorist.” His breath fumes with the local alcoholic brew. Greasy food droppings hang off his mustache and stain his oily pants and torn shirt. He's always the first one in line for the village feast, tucking into a buffet carefully prepared by the women of the village like he’s diving into the ocean, no restraint. He’s too skinny and has, as the women point out, terrible taste in clothes. His latest hat is a visor styled from shabby paper stolen off a local cigarette billboard. But for all of his undesirable traits, Akacha has a surprisingly desirable job: He’s paid to have sexual relations with the widows and unmarried women of this village. He’s known as “the cleanser,” one of hundreds of thousands of men in rural villages across Africa who sleep with women after their husbands die to dispel what villagers believe are evil spirits.

As tradition holds, they must sleep with the cleanser to be allowed to attend their husbands’ funerals or be inherited by their husbands’ brother or relative, another controversial custom that aid workers said is causing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Unmarried women who lose a parent or child must also sleep with the ritual cleanser. The custom has always been unpopular among women. But in midst of an AIDS pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 19.6 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, having relations with the cleanser has become more than just a painful ritual that women must endure...

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Should the US or UN step in and help rid Africa of these `sex cleansers`?
GANGRE, Kenya, Aug. 18 — The women of this village call Francise Akacha “the terrorist.” His breath fumes with the local alcoholic brew. Greasy food droppings hang off his mustache and stain his oily pants and torn shirt. He`s always the first one in line for the village feast, tucking into a buffet carefully prepared by the women of the village like he’s diving into the ocean, no restraint. He’s too skinny and has, as the women point out, terrible taste in clothes. His latest hat is a visor styled from shabby paper stolen off a local cigarette billboard. But for all of his undesirable traits, Akacha has a surprisingly desirable job: He’s paid to have sexual relations with the widows and unmarried women of this village. He’s known as “the cleanser,” one of hundreds of thousands of men in rural villages across Africa who sleep with women after their husbands die to dispel what villagers believe are evil spirits.

As tradition holds, they must sleep with the cleanser to be allowed to attend their husbands’ funerals or be inherited by their husbands’ brother or relative, another controversial custom that aid workers said is causing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Unmarried women who lose a parent or child must also sleep with the ritual cleanser. The custom has always been unpopular among women. But in midst of an AIDS pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 19.6 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, having relations with the cleanser has become more than just a painful ritual that women must endure...

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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/25/03 - 12:08:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Or similar problems like this?...

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19 yrs ago - Tuesday 9/2/03 - 4:23:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
dang
19 yrs ago - Tuesday 9/2/03 - 4:23:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont even know what to say to that....
19 yrs ago - Sunday 9/7/03 - 12:25:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
What kind of *ahem* would do that?!
19 yrs ago - Sunday 9/7/03 - 12:40:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, but they won't because there's no financial gain involved for them, and no oil benefits to come out of it.

Damn, I'm becoming such a cynic in my old age...

19 yrs ago - Sunday 9/7/03 - 3:38:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe YT should have such a cleanser to help all the poor women who get trolled for cyber sex.

Apart from joking about it there is little you can say.

Regimes that deplete black women don't seem to be a priority.

19 yrs ago - Sunday 9/7/03 - 6:04:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont think we should butt in, thats really like intruding, but simply on a human level, thats gross. and with aids added in... im pressing the skip button.
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/8/03 - 12:09:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't quite see what the US or UN can do about this.

The women themselves need to ALL refuse to participate, and all the women, married or not, need to accept and support those who refuse. They also need to teach their children - male and female - that "ritual cleansing" is unnecessary.

19 yrs ago - Monday 9/8/03 - 9:02:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree they should all refuse, but I really don't know if that would work - it sounds like it's a male-dominated society where this sex cleansing is going on. I'd imagine the punishments for not going along are severe. That's why I think it would take US or UN pressure to get the governments to stop it - the women there seem powerless. I'm all for traditional customs and allowing other cultures to do their thing, even if it seems weird to us. But that guy in the article sounds absolutely disgusting, and with the AIDs added in, that would not only kill a person, but probably drive them mad first just from the horror of having that nasty guy on top of them. It's just awful - something needs to be done
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/8/03 - 9:04:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
We have our own prostitution to worry about, too.
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/8/03 - 9:07:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
While I don't agree with the custom, it's a custom of theirs, and just because our society and customs are different, doesn't mean we should be stepping in to stop theirs.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/28/03 - 1:32:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/28/03 - 1:36:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard about this. Also I've heard that men have had sex with little kids to try and get rid of HIV/Aids. It's horrible.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/28/03 - 1:55:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
As disgusting as this is, I first of all can't see how you could change someones fundemental beliefs, but I also can't help but think that if Americans stepped in that it would be just another chance for the world to say "Look, Lookie, they're interfering again! Who cares if the people are better off afterward, just go away!"
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/28/03 - 2:45:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd like to see somebody screen the cleansers for HIV after every job, but apart from that anything else would be massively racist
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/9/03 - 10:21:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
when theUS/UN can fix its own problems, then maybe, only maybe, will we ever have the right to go into a country and change a custom no matter how disgusting the custom is. don't we have our own problems like people who rape and beat children and women in this country.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/9/03 - 11:47:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
er what exactly are the UN's 'own' problems?
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 1:34:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
People can be so sick...
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 1:49:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is a Kenyan custom, and therefore there is little *we* can do about it. Rather than trying to eradicate the practice, I think what we should concentrate on sexual education and try and get these guys to wear condoms.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:15:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
The US OR the UN? What does the US have to do with this? At least the UN is a multi-national organization, and if they got involved it could be justified as a multi-national effort to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Why should the US get involved? havent they butted into enough countries' problems and traditions already?
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:20:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought we wern't allowed to interfere in other cultures. After all they are all equal to Western Civilization and in many cases are considered superior
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:23:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Silly Czar. Everyone knows that Western society is the wave of the future. Resistance is futile.

Anyway, this man must love his job very much. And why should we deprive him of that?

18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:26:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe he hates it and just works for the weekend
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:36:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe the pay's good.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/10/03 - 11:41:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
or the benefits

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