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NGUDWINI, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: Mbali Ngema, age 9, shows her certificate that say's that she's been tested as a virgin on September 10, 2004 in Ngudwini village in rural Natal, South Africa. Her older sister Nubohle has traveled to the annual Reed Dance where about 20.000 maidens from all over South Africa gathers to dance for the Zulu King. Nbali wants desperately to go to the annual event but she's far to young and has to wait for 3-4 years. 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. .(Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson).....