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(NYT38) MCHINJI, Malawi -- May 10, 2005 -- MALAWI-AIDS -- Fanny Mbewe, 26, in her home in Mchinji, Malawi, on March 31, 2005. When her husband died three years ago, Mbewe was forced to undergo the ritual known as sexual cleansing: sex between the widow and one of her husband's relatives, to break the bond with his spirit and, it is said, save her and the rest of the village from insanity or disease. (Jeffrey Barbee/The New York Times) **NORTH AMERICA USE ONLY

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