Foreign Doctor Working in Burundi: My two cents

1) As busy as you are the local mufumu (witch doctor) is busier. He lines babies up and cuts the uvula. None of the kids have them here. At two weeks. Cut and cut. One after another with a blade. The local tradition is to cut the uvula of a young baby – Melino has his cut. We run into the mufumu on the hills, he says he can cure fractures by scarification. Huge goiters, we see his handy work. Small cuts into the thyroid, the abdomen. Anywhere there is pain or a mass. Scarification. (more…)

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