Tag Archive for Africa

Uganda’s most wanted – man eating crocs

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In the country where Idi Amin, a horrific dictator, fed his victims to crocodiles in the Nile, the crocs are continuing to stoke their fearsome reputation terrorizing villagers and fishermen on Lake Victoria. Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?. A killer crocodile which is said to have eaten four people in Jinja and Mayuge…

Pay to pray growing in Kenya faith healing churches

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Kenya’s Healing Churches: Faith or Fiction?. As Christian churches grow in size and number in Kenya, they have created a growing industry of faith healers and televangelists. Concerns are also rising that these new churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate. Kenyans are looking to spot the wicked among the righteous. Exorcisms, twice…

I’ll give you both legs if you spare the children

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Just a reminder of the way things still are, barbaric, in certain parts of the world thanks to superstitious beliefs. Paraplegic offers his legs to muti makers. A wheelchair-bound man in Swaziland has offered his “useless” legs to suspected muti killers in exchange for the lives of three girls who disappeared this week under mysterious…

Unidentified objects fall on parts of Zimbabwe (UPDATE: Identified)

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The headline is misleading. It’s not flying anymore. allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Ufos Rattle Villagers. VILLAGERS in parts of Mhondoro and Chikomba districts are living in fear following the recent falling of foreign objects in their area. Police said they were still to ascertain the origin and type of the objects.National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity…

Ironically and incredibly, this horror is brought to you by a site called “Modern Ghana”

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It’s modern minus many centuries of knowledge and reason. Beyond the horror of this story circulating around the web today, I feel a profound disconnect between the modern world and that of superstitious enclaves like this, between enlightenment and a terrible darkness that some cultures still cling to so much that they would butcher their…

Science for the win: Fairy circle mystery illuminated by MIT

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Mysteries can be solved with careful thought and experimentation. You just need to have a good approach. I love this stuff. Fairy Circle Mystery Solved By Computational Modelling | MIT Technology Review. Fairy circles are mysterious barren patches of land that are surrounded by healthy vegetation. The circles are common in many parts of the…

“Miracle” babies in Nigeria as women are fooled by pricey midwife

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Desperate women in Nigeria duped into thinking they are pregnant and are given babies from “baby factories”. Outrageous. Nigerian ‘factory’ babies bought and sold | News.com.au. FOR nine months, the midwife had been giving the woman herbs to take and several things indicated she was indeed pregnant. Her stomach had swelled, so had her feet.…

WHO against a revolutionary alternative medicine to treat malaria: wormwood

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Wormwood tea to treat malaria: The WHO is opposed to an effective preventive medicine. – Slate Magazine. The tea comes from sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), the Chinese plant that is a source for the world’s most powerful anti-malarial treatments, which combine artemisinin derivatives with an older class of drugs. It can also be grown in…

Termites found at the center of the “fairy circle” mystery

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Last June, we brought you the story about the Namibian Fairy Circles. The mystery now has some important new information. A new study found termites associated with the circles. Mystery of ‘Fairy Circles’ Revealed | Termite Colonies | LiveScience. The “artists” behind bizarre, barren, grassless rings dotting the desert of Southwest Africa have been found…

Beheading over witchcraft in Uganda

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Granted we are NOT getting the whole story on this but because of that, it makes it much worse. Farmer, Siraje Kayondo was attacked on Saturday evening at about 7pm as he returned from his field. He encountered a machete-wielding group. He was tied up and beheaded. Man’s head cut off over ‘witchcraft’ – monitor.co.ug.…

Widow cleansing superstition leads to spread of HIV

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This is a story about the devaluing of women, the hold that superstition has on uneducated women and the serious consequences it causes. What’s the harm in superstition, right? Right… Lawyer fights ‘widow cleansing’ tradition in Malawi – CNN.com. One such custom, prevalent in the southern tip of the landlocked country, is “widow cleansing,” a…

Penis thefts in Africa. It’s a thing.

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There have been some stories going around regarding the spate of penis thefts in Africa. Yes, you read that right. But the Alternet and Huffington Post pieces are not as good as this original one. While this is not technically “news” since the story is from earlier this month, and as you can see, it’s…

Six-year old abused for witchcraft in Nigeria

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This story has allegations of witchcraft against a six year old child thanks to an unnamed “prophetess” in Nigeria. Father ties, locks up six-year-old daughter for witchcraft | OSUN DEFENDER. A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his…