Three huts and a house were flattened last Sunday, while people are occasionally being pelted with stones by unseen things, believed to be goblins at a Chisumbanje homestead in Chipinge South where mysterious occurrences are haunting the Sithole Family.
In this true to life tragedy whose scripts reads like a horror movie, the Sithole family had to make do with stones being thrown at them for the past two months, while soil is intermittently tossed into their pots by invisible assailants as they will be preparing food. However, things came to a boil early last week when three huts at the homestead as well as a house suddenly went up in smoke and the family now sleeps in the open, while the few belongings they managed to salvage from the raging fire are heaped outside.
Whenever one young male member of the family, Taso Sithole (16) entered each of the huts and as soon as he came out, that hut would unexpectedly go up in smoke and this happened on all the four structures that were burnt at the homestead. To make matters worse, efforts to put out the fire were rendered futile as the well at the homestead mysteriously ran dry, only for the well to automatically fill up to the brim with water soon after the huts had been razed.
Tip: Fortean Times Daily News
Oh dear. Goblins?
Funny how there are clues in this story, just as in the Firestarter story from last week. It’s hard to understand how deep the superstition must be for people to not see obvious human causes for this. Whether the 16 yr old was directly responsible for the fires or some neighbors were harrassing them, it’s sad that they lost their home and are subject to such trouble. Consulting local healers and praying will only help if they get some form of counseling to deal with obvious social troubles.