"That first person was a farmer, and he had to stop working. Farming is really labor intensive out there, and every step he walked was like stepping on glass."
And not in a fun way, like that one Annie Lennox song; in a horrible and tragic way, like every other Annie Lennox song.
Of Course It Also Infects Your Genitals
Craig wanted to make damn sure we knew that, "It's ten times worse in person. Every time someone had it, I saw their face, the worm coming out, the blister, the discolored skin, their foot or leg swelling up. It was horrifying."
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Thanks for clarifying, Craig, but we picked up on the "horrifying" part, already.
It should be noted that Craig didn't exactly volunteer to do this either. He went to Ethiopia on a church mission and found himself in one of the Guinea-wormiest parts of the country.
"After about a week, I started going out with the doctors that were with us. I didn't know any of the languages or know anything medical, so all I did was keep track of what was being used, how much was, and when it was busy, I assisted them as a sort of medical helper. Like, something I often did was hold open a book on Guinea worm eradication while one of the Ethiopians who helped us explained to the townspeople about prevention. I'm going to be honest and say it wasn't all that much, but the translator told me that having a white guy like me go with him made the presentation more believable. If that kind of thinking saved people from Guinea worm, then I was happy to play that role."
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"That's a great visual aid, but it might look better next to a Caucasian."
During this time playing Credible-Looking Honky Number Three, Craig watched 11 Guinea worms escape from their fleshy prisons.