The boys are participating in a ceremony preceding their circumcisions which will take place the following day at a private hospital. The event and the procedure are paid for by the government. This group doesn't look very excited about it, but the parents are grateful for the opportunity for their sons. Full story.
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Boys in traditional attire attend a ceremony a day before their circumcision ritual at Eyup Sultan square in Istanbul July 8, 2011. As an exercise in good governance, the mass circumcision ceremony for some 100 boys from disadvantaged families in an old Istanbul square, ticks a lot of boxes for Turkey's ruling AK Party and its voters.