Some videos and articles about current issues affecting West Africans.
TRIBAL SCARS: Elaborate patterns of scar tissue are encountered in West Africa, especially in the back country. These tribal scars are created using sharp blades in painful rituals when a person is quite young.
Each design or pattern represents a tribal identity.
Watch a video about scarification in the countryside of Benin:
Did you like that documentary by Belgian filmmaker Jean-Michel Clajot?
Below: some extreme cases of tribal scarification that were prevalent in the past.