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Icky, but Interesting! [Dec. 22nd, 2005|05:04 pm]
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The jaws of African fire ants are used as sutures for wounds in Kenya, Uganda, and parts of South Africa. After an operation is performed, an ant is allowed to bite into the two flaps of skin along the line of the incision. The ant’s body is then twisted off, leaving the head with it’s mandables locked into the skin like a stitch. A number of these miniature “stitches” are placed along a wound. During the healing process, they closely resemble modern surgical stitching.

[User Picture]From: nonamenogain
2005-12-23 02:03 am (UTC)
This is the kind of thing that gets stuck in my brain dammit, and it makes me hurt inside, but I want to see how I could possibly have dealt with it myself, so I want to hear more about what she went through. Also, how did they find out about it? Is she still a slave, and he still in the militia? I wonder how he'll get over the guilt of disfiguring her later, or any of the other things he undoubtedly has done.
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[User Picture]From: theslaughtered
2005-12-23 02:36 am (UTC)
She was somehow freed, she currently has a child and husband. She also was given a sugery to give her lips to help restore dignity. It was hprrific, she said whenever it got windy everythinbg would fly into her mouth, she couldn't eat without things falling out. It really get's me how someone can to that to another.

As for the boy who did it, they didn't say who he was or anything else about him for that matter. All I can guess is he must be in the same boat as all the nazi soldiers who tortured, degraded and killed the Jews in WWII. Do they feel guilt? Obviously they musthave been brainwashed to a certan degree to do those things in the first place, or was it just more of a follow the crowd thing? Once everybody stopped doing it they saw how bad it was because eveybody told thme that?
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