Penis Snatchers!

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  1. B_Hung Muscle

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    Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital

    Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:21pm EDT
    By Joe Bavier

    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.

    Rumors 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.

    (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: africa.reuters.com/ )
    (Editing by Nick Tattersall and Mary Gabriel)
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    The power of suggestion is incredible.
     
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    And we wonder why Africa is in a shit state?
     
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    On the contrary -- I think this is a great and creative way to excuse a small, limp dick. Some of the people who lurk around here might well start using it. It might also serve as a handy excuse for the pic thieves and fakes.
     
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    Exactly, the mind is a powerful thing.

    It reminds me, I met a patient once who had his tonsil out. He swore the anesthesia made his penis shrink. TRUE STORY!
     
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    Thank you, Reuters! Oh, and eat that, Associated Press!

    But really, Rugbypup - even though I know (assume) you're speaking in jest, that's a bit unfair, n'est pas? First of all, mass hysteria is a universal phenomenon. And more to the point, I'd be more inclined to blame the continent's woes on decades of brutality under exploitative colonial rule and corrupt military powers... granted, none of that has the same comic punch.
     
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    honey, incase you forgot, africa is a continent.
     

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    These things shouldn't be messed with.
    In our remote outback towns you know when a witchdoctor comes to town because all the Aboriginals disappear.
    They point the bone at their victims and they will fall down and die.
    The Australian Aboriginals are a deeply spritual people.
     
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    Indeed rico, indeed
     
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    Fuck, you're hot, boymonkey.
     
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    Tell me you're joking.
     
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    No really, it's a continent. I saw it on Jeopardy.
     
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    State meaning condition, people.
    As in "a sad state of affairs".

    Sheesh!
     
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    corrupt military powers that rise from within the people themselves
     
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    And you'd be largely (but not entirely) correct, with Congo having a longer, darker history than most in respect of such influences. It still just barely functions as a nation. As you say, such practices and beliefs as related by the OP are by no means restricted to Congo (or even Africa) of course.

    That's rather a simplistic over generalisation, but hardly surprising coming from you. It's also a largely meaningless statement, equally unsurprising.
     
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    by that, you mean that these warlords, of the same language groups and ethnicities of the people being dominated, are coming in from Europe, Asia, the Americas?!?!?
     
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    Sorry, the facts do support the libertard least common denominator humanism

    Recent African Wars


    Warlords, dictators and rebels continue the traditions of war

    © Sean Sinclair-Day

    Jan 9, 2007
    Darfur and Somalia are not the only places to face the ravages of war. Millions in Africa have died due to battles caused by ethnic strife, dirty politics and resoures.



    In addition to the atrocities committed in Darfur, the African continent has experienced a rash of conflict over the past few decades. Fighting has begun to intensify in Somalia but here are some other recent African wars that have, more or less, come to a conclusion.
    The Second Congo War (1998 to 2003): Africa's worst modern war and the world's worst conflict since World War Two. One could argue that the war has yet to finish as Congo's eastern provinces still experience some rebel activity under Peter Karim and Laurent Nkunda.
    The Rwandan Genocide (1994): this infamous war saw the massacre of Tutsis and moderate Hutus en masse. Deaths are commonly quoted at being 800,000 over 100 days but the Rwandan government has put the official toll at 937,000.
    Ugandan Government vs. The Lord's Resistance Army (1987 to present) : Under the leadership of Joseph Kony, the LRA launched their insurgency that would lead to the deaths of up to 100,000 people, the abduction of between 20 to 30,000 child soldiers and almost 2 million Acholi people forced to live in Internally Displaced Persons Camps. They are still trying to negotiate a peace deal in Juba, Sudan.
    Burundi Civil War: another conflict between ethnic Tutsis and rival Hutus claiming the lives of approximately 300,000 since 1993. The election of Pierre Nkurunziza in 2005 is usually considered the end to the war but there is still unrest within the country.
    Liberia and Sierra Leone: Charles Taylor is currently in a cell in The Hague, charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is viewed as the most culpable figure behind a series of wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone that led to the deaths of about 400,000 people between 1989 and 2003.
     
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