Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wed, 9.23 - The Family at home

Some images of the batwa family that lived in the hut.

This mother had taken this baby to the Health Centre a week or so ago, but wasn't planning on going back until she had visited the traditional healer. The Batwa still believe in the power of the traditional healers and will believe more in their powers than doctors. We were told that the traditional healers would make knife marks down the chest, draw blood and then add other blood to the child's blood to make the child better.
At first I found this hard to believe, but later at other visits, I saw first hand the chests of grown women who had clearly been to the traditional doctor numerous times. Their entire chests from above their breasts was scar tissue.

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