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NGUDWINI, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 10: Nobule Ngema, age 16, gathers her traditional clothing as she's preparing to travel to the annual Reed Dance on September 10, 2004 in Ngudwini village in rural Natal, South Africa. Nobuhle is traveling on a bus and about 20.000 fellow maidens from all over South Africa is coming to dance for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Kwa-Nongoma about 350 kilometers from Durban. The girls come to the kingdom to declare their virginity and the ceremony encourages girls and young women to abstain from sexual activity to curb the spread of HIV-Aids. Its Nobuhle's first trip and she's already has three virginity certificates, as she was tested in the village for the last three years. .(Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson)......
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