Scarification is a permanent body decoration with ancient origins; it’s considered a ritual of passage to adulthood and a statement of belonging. “Our parents did this not to get lost in life. If you saw someone with the same marks on their faces, you would approach them because you knew you were related in some way.” "I used to like my scars; they were beautiful. But now, in the city, it is out of fashion." Joana Choumali, a freelance photographer. http://joana-choumali.squarespace.com/.