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Mob kills man for 'stealing genitals' in Burkina Faso
France24 ^ | 22/05/2014 | Yameogo Baggio

Posted on 05/23/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT by csvset

A man was killed by a mob Monday in Koudougou, a town in central Burkina Faso, after being accused of making another man’s penis “disappear”. It was not an isolated incident: there has been an increase in the number of these strange accusations being made in recent weeks.

This lynching took place in the 10th district of Koudougou, in the city’s west. It all started with a fight at a restaurant between two men: one accused the other of having cast a spell on him simply by touching him. The first man, a local mechanic, claimed that his penis had been "stolen” by the second man, who was not from the district. The first man called the police. But by then, a crowd had gathered around them. Incensed, the residents decided to lynch the man in the middle of the street.

"The police did all they could, but there were not enough of them to control the crowd’s anger" Cyrille Zoma is a reporter for Observateur Paalga in Burkina Faso.

The first ‘genital disappearance’ case in Koudougou [during the last decade] was on May 2. Since then, I have counted a dozen similar cases in the city. It’s always the same story: someone complains about being approached and touched by a stranger, someone not from the neighbourhood. Immediately, the alleged victims complain of lower stomach pains, tremors, and say they can’t feel their genitals anymore. This only happens with men, and I have been told of it happening in several different parts of town.

On Sunday, there was an incident in which the police had to save an accused man from being lynched. Upset residents went to Koudougou’s central police station, where the man they accused was being kept for protection. Over the next few days, many people said that these “penis thieves” should be killed in order to discourage other alleged thieves. And that’s what happened on Monday. The police did all they could, but there were not enough of them to control the crowd’s anger. Later, when medical staff examined the alleged victims of “penis thieves” [including the one from Monday], they couldn’t find anything wrong with them.

A lot of people at the scene on Monday told me the alleged penis snatcher was a foreigner: some say he was Congolese, others say he was Rwandan or Burundian. Without any explanation, people blame “a foreigner”. It turns out that this person was a Burundian marabout [Muslim holy man] from Koudougou’s 8th district.

“Con artists often say they’ve stolen someone’s genitals in order to sell them a miracle product” Yameogo Baggio, who lives in Koudougou, knows the problem well. As a representative for a French NGO, he has been studying this phenomenon for several years.

Often, con artists take advantage of people’s gullibility and scam them. There are usually two or three accomplices who carry out this scam in three parts: first, someone who claims to have magical powers touches a victim and persuades him that they’ve stolen his genitals. Then, another accomplice approaches the victim and drives home the point by saying that if the victim doesn’t buy a specific product, he’ll lose his ability to reproduce. Finally, the victim pays a hefty sum [Editor’s note: around 30,000 CFA Francs, or 45 euros] for a Viagra-like medicine that is supposed to make his genitals work again.

It had been several years since I had heard of any such cases in Koudougou. There were a few isolated cases in nearby areas about 10 years ago, but they quickly stopped. This time, though, the first cases in the beginning of May were handled very badly: local authorities didn’t intervene immediately to calm the crowds, and a lot of people were caught up in the hysteria. I don’t think the lynching of this man has calmed tensions.

Koudougou’s deputy mayor, Gaston Kagambega, told FRANCE 24 he had gathered local leaders to call for calm. The mayor has also set up a crisis cell at Koudougou’s medical centre to meet with people who say they’ve been victims of “penis thieves”.

The accusations of penis snatching are nothing new, and they don’t just happen in Burkina Faso: several cases have been alleged over the past 15 years, from Abidjan to Accra. Experts who have studied the question say that such rumours have led to nearly 300 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries in West Africa alone.


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1 posted on 05/23/2014 4:34:19 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Um, I hate to state the obvious, but, I think the victims should KNOW whether the “theft” had taken place. It’s kind of easy to check.


2 posted on 05/23/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I am betting the first American case of penis theft will occur in Caliloona most likely San Fran.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 4:42:32 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

‘Twas nothing a little blue pill couldn’t have fixed.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 4:43:05 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: csvset

5 posted on 05/23/2014 4:43:36 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: csvset

And yet our gov’t would love to import more of these animals and unleash them upon us! Gotta love their benevolence!


6 posted on 05/23/2014 4:45:17 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
Um, I hate to state the obvious, but, I think the victims should KNOW whether the “theft” had taken place. It’s kind of easy to check.

"There are usually two or three accomplices who carry out this scam in three parts: first, someone who claims to have magical powers touches a victim and persuades him that they’ve stolen his genitals. Then, another accomplice approaches the victim and drives home the point by saying that if the victim doesn’t buy a specific product, he’ll lose his ability to reproduce. Finally, the victim pays a hefty sum [Editor’s note: around 30,000 CFA Francs, or 45 euros] for a Viagra-like medicine that is supposed to make his genitals work again."

Supposedly a theft of the utility of said genitals vs. the genitals themselves.

7 posted on 05/23/2014 4:45:50 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
It’s always the same story: someone complains about being approached and touched by a stranger, someone not from the neighbourhood. Immediately, the alleged victims complain of lower stomach pains, tremors, and say they can’t feel their genitals anymore.

Apparently, they "lose feeling" in their genitals.

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

8 posted on 05/23/2014 4:46:34 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Thanks so much for this post. I don’t want to be uninformed.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 4:49:14 AM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: csvset

Nuke the site from orbit... it’s the only way to be sure


10 posted on 05/23/2014 4:52:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal
No, the U.S. Government will import more of them over here.

From the Government's point of view, at least they are not Southern Baptists or Amish Mennonites. The Democrat politicians will tell them if you don't vote Democrat, your wang will rot off. But if they did not vote Democrat in the first place, they would not be over here.

11 posted on 05/23/2014 4:52:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: csvset

#BringBackMyPenis


12 posted on 05/23/2014 4:54:10 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows
Genital Theft ping.

Is a travel advisory needed for Western Africa? This would be about the level of competence one could expect from our State Department.

13 posted on 05/23/2014 4:54:22 AM PDT by csvset
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

14 posted on 05/23/2014 4:57:32 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Think of the number of pr**ks we could eliminate from Washington if we had a spell like that.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 5:00:59 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: csvset

Has Boehner recently visited Burkina Faso?


16 posted on 05/23/2014 5:04:20 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: csvset

Were the mobs’ ancestors from Salem?


17 posted on 05/23/2014 5:17:44 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: csvset

There have been reports of a Kenyan in Washington DC with the eerie power to make the spines of the Republican Leadership vanish. I wonder if there’s any connection?


18 posted on 05/23/2014 5:25:16 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: Junk Silver

Funny how in a third world country people are outraged at a guy making another mans penis disappear but in our own white house the first lady goes unpunished! Where is the justice!?


19 posted on 05/23/2014 5:38:05 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

The “cultural” setting would be more likely Memphis, Jackson, Atlanta, DC or Deetroit.

And to think we got these people running the USA!!!


20 posted on 05/23/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: csvset

Where is Burkina Fiasco?


21 posted on 05/23/2014 6:20:47 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

When the guy checks and finds he just lost his penis behind the couch cushion, he is going to be really embarassed.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 6:23:31 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: The_Media_never_lie

23 posted on 05/23/2014 6:25:36 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

24 posted on 05/23/2014 6:30:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: csvset

Primitvism


25 posted on 05/23/2014 6:45:02 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: csvset
"Shrinkage...surely, that understand shrinkage."


26 posted on 05/23/2014 7:05:08 AM PDT by moovova
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To: X-spurt
And to think we got these people running the USA

You mean "dickless" people?

27 posted on 05/23/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Nowhere in the United States.


28 posted on 05/23/2014 7:45:56 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: csvset

According to the CIA: Muslim 60.5%, Catholic 19%, animist 15.3%, Protestant 4.2%, other 0.6%, none 0.4% (2006 est.)


29 posted on 05/23/2014 8:58:01 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: csvset
Apparently, they "lose feeling" in their genitals.

Keep these guys away from long rides on a bicycle.

Just saying.

30 posted on 05/23/2014 8:59:07 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: muir_redwoods
Think of the number of pr**ks we could eliminate from Washington if we had a spell like that.

Gives new meaning to "reach out and touch someone," doesn't it?

31 posted on 05/23/2014 9:16:41 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: csvset

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koro_%28medicine%29

Koro is a culture-specific syndrome in which an individual has an overpowering belief that his or her genitals (e.g., penis or female nipples) are retracting and will disappear, despite the lack of any true longstanding changes to the genitals.

Koro is also known as shrinking penis, and it is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

The syndrome occurs worldwide, and mass hysteria of genital-shrinkage anxiety has a history in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In the United States and Europe, the syndrome is commonly known as genital retraction syndrome.

The condition can be diagnosed through psychological assessment along with physical examination to rule out genuine disorders of the genitalia that could be causing true retraction.


32 posted on 05/23/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: csvset; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
King Missile understands.


33 posted on 05/23/2014 1:21:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Koro.

I’ve lived 56 years and have never heear of Koro.

Koro. THIS is why I’m a Freeper. I learn something new and relevant every day.


34 posted on 05/23/2014 1:30:41 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Penis snatching is a problem.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 1:34:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think I’ve mentioned this before. One day I was driving home from work. I was stopped at a red light while the station was playing “Detachable Penis”. And as I was still waiting at the light, what should go trundling through the intersection but...a Snap-on Tools truck.

True story.


36 posted on 05/23/2014 1:38:34 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Boogieman

Or he might find it on a blanket next to a broken toaster oven...


37 posted on 05/23/2014 2:51:19 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Koro is well known to doctors who have worked in southern Asia and Africa. (Not to be confused with Kuru, which is the equivalent of human Mad Cow disease, and almost exclusively afflicts cannibals.)

One classical tale of Koro was from an American doctor in China. One of the important men in a town, with a large family, had developed the syndrome, which was so intense that he demanded that family members hold on to his penis while he slept, to prevent it from disappearing. During the day, of course, he clutched on to it with his own hand.

The day before he left the town, the doctor prescribed him a potent sexual stimulant of the time, almost guaranteed to give him a profound erection. The next day, leaving the town, the man’s grateful family came out with a procession carrying baskets of fruits and vegetables, out of gratitude for being relieved of their onerous duty.


38 posted on 05/23/2014 3:27:40 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: csvset
Oh, yeah, it happened to me. The WitchDoc sez, "Drill, it'll be a hunnert buckaroos to git yer penis back," and I sez, "Well, how much for somebody else's penis?" and he sez he'd get back to me. I'm beginning to suspect he isn't legit.
39 posted on 05/23/2014 3:33:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Slings and Arrows
I can't believe nobody posted a YouTube link yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYwiwbgMusY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byDiILrNbM4

Detachable penis.

40 posted on 05/23/2014 6:14:05 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: martin_fierro

This is wrong on quite a few levels....


41 posted on 05/23/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: immadashell

This would be a tough nut to crack, for sure...


42 posted on 05/23/2014 6:21:51 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“...along with physical examination to rule out genuine disorders of the genitalia that could be causing true retraction.”

Oh, great. One more thing to be worried about.


43 posted on 05/23/2014 6:42:05 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Allegra; Conservative4Life; CSM; dayglored; dixiechick2000; Dutchgirl; Eaker; ezoeni; GQuagmire; ...
♀☹☠☣☢★☆
MANGLED
GENITALS
PING

☆★☢☣☠☹♂

44 posted on 05/23/2014 8:40:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dayglored

Thanks!

I prefer the censored version - it makes you use your imagination. A rubber you-know-what, OTOH, will never look like anything other than a rubber you-know-what.


45 posted on 05/23/2014 9:22:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: csvset

This is what happens after 100 years of “brain drain”. The smart ones have been leaving since the industrial revolution took hold.


46 posted on 05/23/2014 9:30:09 PM PDT by Octar
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To: martin_fierro

OMG Martin! I stare each time, hoping that -this- time the girl will emerge. Over and over. And over. And each time I’m grossed out.


47 posted on 05/24/2014 12:01:07 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: 21twelve

I wouldn’t worry about it, since the odds are pretty low, say one in five or so.


48 posted on 05/24/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: BenLurkin

That too. And that explains why the rest of the world sees USA as “metro-sissy”, especially Pooty Putin.


49 posted on 05/24/2014 6:37:04 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: csvset

When I was in college in the mid 70’s, we had several Nigerians in the dorm. One of them threatened to steal another guy’s penis with a charm.


50 posted on 05/24/2014 6:38:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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