Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Invasion of the Penis Snatchers

Thirteen accused sorcerers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been detained after accusations that they used witchcraft to steal and/or shrink men's penises for unknown rituals. Witchcraft is still a big fear in many parts of Africa, as people turn to some pretty crazy beliefs when they realize the rest of the world is ignoring them. In fact, there was another incident in Congo ten years ago, when twelve accused penis snatchers were beaten to death by an angry mob. Jean-Dieudonne Oleko, the police chief of Congo's capital city Kinshasa says the suspected magic wielders were detained for their own safety, since dozens of under-endowed men are claiming to be victims. "When you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it's become tiny or that they've become impotent," Oleko said. "To that I tell them, 'How do you know if you haven't gone home and tried it?'" 29-year-old phone credit salesman Alain Kalala isn't so skeptical. "It's real," he said. "Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny." Yes, I'm sure it was. More details here.

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