Congo Residents Fear Penis Thefts

23 04 2008

You just can’t make up news this weird…

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.

Rumours of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.

Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure.

“You just have to be accused of that, and people come after you. We’ve had a number of attempted lynchings. … You see them covered in marks after being beaten,” Kinshasa’s police chief, Jean-Dieudonne Oleko, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs. The 27 men have since been released.

“I’m tempted to say it’s one huge joke,” Oleko said.

“But 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. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know if you haven’t gone home and tried it’,” he said. 

Some Kinshasa residents accuse a separatist sect from nearby Bas-Congo province of being behind the witchcraft in revenge for a recent government crackdown on its members.

“It’s real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny,” said 29-year-old Alain Kalala, who sells phone credits near a Kinshasa police station.”

A simple touch can make a penis shrink or disappear? I hear Clay Aiken has that same effect on men…

 

The upside I suppose is that guys who weren’t exactly blessed now have an excuse…”Sorry honey,it used to be huge, but then that damned Congo sorcerer shook hands with me…”

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6 responses

23 04 2008
Finn

Maybe they need some Head-On apply directly to the penis.

23 04 2008
The Vinyl Villager

ha ha ha! I wonder if that Head On stuff works?

23 04 2008
Jodi

Hiya! You know, I rarely “preach”, so to speak, but…I just want to say as a practicing witch, and someone who has studied many different religions and belief systems, this is just ridiculous! Is Magic real? Yes. Can you do something like that with Magic? No. Magic is harnessing and directing the energy around you in the direction you want it to go. And it’s manifestations (best word I could think of…LOL) are subtle. For example, if I were to do a spell to keep someone away from me and mine, it wouldn’t create an invisible wall around us the person couln’t go beyond. Rather, anytime they considered coming around they would be “distracted” – a phone call for assitace from someone else, a flat tire, called into work, caught in traffic/construction to the point of no longer feeling the urge to come around. You focus on your need, gather whatever energy you can and inbue it with your need, then send it back out into the universe(for lack of a better word).
Do those people victimized believe it? I’m sure, but it was energy directed towards making them believe something happened, not actually having that thing happen…I hope this makes sense…
The reporting of these occurences is the kind of thing that gives the general public misconceptions about practicing witches…
Thanks for reading this, and have a great day 🙂
BB
Dawtch

23 04 2008
The Vinyl Villager

Thank you for stopping by! I might need some help harnessing and directing energy myself…
Always cool to hear about others beliefs. Have a great day.

25 04 2008
trailerparkbarbie

Great minds think alike, cuzz. I just wrote a post on this,too. The Gay Aiken was a brilliant idea!!!

25 04 2008
The Vinyl Villager

LOL…this story was too good to pass up. (And is it just me, or does Aiken get uglier everytime they take his picture??)

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