It was September last year when we spent time filming with the Suri Tribe in Southern Ethiopia. Half a year on, and I still have one memory from my time there permanently imprinted in my mind. Well, on my body actually… and semi-permanently I think . Whilst we were there I had my shoulder scarred with a toxic plant to form a tattoo. Don’t ask me what the name of the plant was. All I remember is that it was a grass, which a local lady had stripped of its cuticle to reveal a white sap within. The strips of grass were then laid on my skin and left for 20 minutes while the poison scarred my arm. It didn’t hurt much. I will liken it to the aching feeling you get after you’ve had a series of injections in your upper arm. Sleeping on it at night was uncomfortable for a couple of nights too.
After 2 weeks the scabs had fallen off revealing a white imprint of the pattern the grass had made on my skin. The Suri told me that the scar would last a year. I think it probably will. Anyway, 6 months later this is what it looks like…
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