Which are the countries with the highest circumcision rate in the world? You will get to know if you follow Insider Monkey’s latest article with us! The medical procedure is performed on male children, and in the past, it was done as a religious act, as two major Abrahamic religions decree that all male children born to the faith must be circumcised. Therefore all the Muslim men and Jewish men who were born to the religion are circumcised. However, in modern times many health benefits have been attributed to circumcision, and thus many male children are circumcised without any religious or social obligations.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three countries with the highest circumcision rate in the world from their list.
The first one is Niger. Islam is the most practiced religion in Niger and an estimated 94% of the total population practice it. As you can see from the circumcision rate, about 92% of the entire male population of the country has had this procedure done. Thus Niger is going to be the country we open our list with. The second major religion practiced in Niger is Christianity. However, Christianity, despite being an Abrahamic religion does not require male children to be circumcised. The second country should be Togo. Togo has about 93% of the male population circumcised. Which is really a massive percentage considering the primary religion in Togo is of indigenous origin. Islam as a religion is a minority in Togo, and Judaism is virtually nonexistent. But, it has been established that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV, which is spreading throughout Africa as a whole. At last, but not least we are mentioning Cameroon now. Cameroon is a Central African country where Christianity is a major religion. However the rate of circumcised men in Cameroon is well above 90%, and according to our sources, it is roughly at 93%. It’s the same as Togo, where despite having no religious obligations, people of Cameroon opted for circumcision in order to minimize the risk of contracting HIV, and it is working out in their favor as well.
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