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Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital
Reuters ^ | April 22, 2008 | Joe Bavier

Posted on 04/22/2008 8:23:11 PM PDT by LonghornFreeper

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.

(For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: http://africa.reuters.com/ )

(Editing by Nick Tattersall and Mary Gabriel)


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: africa; alcibiades; austinpowers; bellcurve; diversity; hermii; lorenabobbitt; magic; peloponnesianwar; penistheft; saywhat; shrinkage; sorcery; teenyweeny; witchcraft
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I don't even know where to start.
1 posted on 04/22/2008 8:23:11 PM PDT by LonghornFreeper
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To: LonghornFreeper
"I'm tempted to say it's one huge joke," Oleko said.

Don't get cocky kid.

2 posted on 04/22/2008 8:25:18 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: LonghornFreeper
It's real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny

Hillary takes no prisoners.

3 posted on 04/22/2008 8:27:02 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: LonghornFreeper

South Park already did it!!!!
http://www.tv.com/south-park/eek-a-penis!/episode/1193240/summary.html


4 posted on 04/22/2008 8:27:03 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: LonghornFreeper

I just hate it when that happens.


5 posted on 04/22/2008 8:27:13 PM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: callisto; Darksheare; Slings and Arrows

A thread that screams for your attention.

Darks, do you have an alibi?


6 posted on 04/22/2008 8:28:17 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: LonghornFreeper

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7 posted on 04/22/2008 8:28:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: LonghornFreeper
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

Admitting a problem is the first step.

8 posted on 04/22/2008 8:28:30 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: LonghornFreeper

We now have evidence that global cooling is taking place.


9 posted on 04/22/2008 8:28:45 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: LonghornFreeper; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
What is it with sorcerers and penises?


10 posted on 04/22/2008 8:28:45 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: LonghornFreeper
penis snatching

Now THERE's the new phrase of the year!

11 posted on 04/22/2008 8:29:59 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: LonghornFreeper

That does is, I’m taking the Congo off my vacation wish-list.


12 posted on 04/22/2008 8:30:29 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: LonghornFreeper
using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises

I would say global warming, but it's cooler weather that makes things shrink...

13 posted on 04/22/2008 8:31:25 PM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: LonghornFreeper
So, it was Black Magic that did it too me.
14 posted on 04/22/2008 8:31:26 PM PDT by BGHater ("If any question why we died/ Tell them, because our fathers lied")
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To: Cementjungle

Where is Jessi Jackson to denounce the racism?


15 posted on 04/22/2008 8:32:32 PM PDT by highpockets
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To: neodad

Elect Obama, have him send Bill Clinton to Zaire as the US Ambassador!


16 posted on 04/22/2008 8:32:44 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: LonghornFreeper
13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises

The headline got my attention. Sounds like what happens in US prisons, and US playgrounds. Also happens in the biased feminist courts, gender feminist homes, and feminist classrooms. Sorcery, eh?

17 posted on 04/22/2008 8:33:05 PM PDT by Alia
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To: LonghornFreeper

I’m half expecting Sally Struthers to have an infomercial pleading for more penises in Congo.


18 posted on 04/22/2008 8:33:29 PM PDT by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They still stealing those things?


19 posted on 04/22/2008 8:33:40 PM PDT by Lady Jag ( I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: highpockets
Where is Jessi Jackson to denounce the racism?

His lady friends don't want him going near that place either.

20 posted on 04/22/2008 8:33:58 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: neodad
"...they tell you that it's become tiny or that they've become impotent"

Note to self: Next time visiting the Congo, don't forget to pack your tuxedo. Because if I'm going to be impotent I sure as hell want to look impotent!

21 posted on 04/22/2008 8:34:36 PM PDT by libs_kma (The land of the free, because of the brave)
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To: LonghornFreeper

the Castanza Effect goes worldwide


22 posted on 04/22/2008 8:35:28 PM PDT by tlb
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To: LonghornFreeper
The problem with Africa is that they just don't understand capitalism. Think how many $billions these sorcerers could make by casting enlarging spells for a fee.

Can I get that covered by Medicare, doc?

23 posted on 04/22/2008 8:36:47 PM PDT by FredZarguna (PA's newest and shortest-term DemocRAT. (Mar 24, 2008 4:55PM-April 23, 2008 8:05AM))
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To: LonghornFreeper

Ah, the “noble savages” that the left so loves...


24 posted on 04/22/2008 8:37:51 PM PDT by piytar
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To: LonghornFreeper

So I asked myself: “Why are there so many penis thieves in Africa (allegedly)?”

And channeling Willie Sutton, I answered myself: “’Cause that’s where...”


25 posted on 04/22/2008 8:39:36 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: LonghornFreeper
Democratic Republic of Congo...horrific documentary on HBO recently told of the rapist culture in the Republic of Congo, where, among other atrocities, soldiers freely roam the countryside raping as many women as they can because they believe this makes them invulnerable when they go into battle - the dark continent is not very enlightened still......
26 posted on 04/22/2008 8:40:08 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: LonghornFreeper
"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,...

Viva Viagra!

27 posted on 04/22/2008 8:42:14 PM PDT by danmar (Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; LonghornFreeper

manhood is constantly threatened no matter what culture eh???!!!


28 posted on 04/22/2008 8:43:45 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Lazamataz

There’s a song in here somewhere. Sadly, it’s probably in Urdu or something.


29 posted on 04/22/2008 8:45:38 PM PDT by glock rocks ( Woof.)
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To: LonghornFreeper
claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear,

Mine disapeared once, shortly after I peed on an electric fence. I think it may have touched the fence. I'm sure happy it returned.

30 posted on 04/22/2008 8:47:28 PM PDT by umgud
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To: FredZarguna
Think how many $billions these sorcerers could make by casting enlarging spells for a fee.


31 posted on 04/22/2008 8:47:45 PM PDT by glock rocks ( Woof.)
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To: BGHater
So, it was Black Magic that did it too me.

I'm guessing it's "Red Magic". They must be importing adulterated junk and/or food from the PRC.

32 posted on 04/22/2008 8:49:11 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: LonghornFreeper
The Congo's ambulance service has been stretched thin.
33 posted on 04/22/2008 8:49:33 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (")
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To: LonghornFreeper
Shrinkage!? I better quit deleting all those spam messages.


34 posted on 04/22/2008 8:50:25 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Alouette
"It's real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny."

"Hillary takes no prisoners."

LOL!

35 posted on 04/22/2008 8:50:45 PM PDT by STE=Q ("These are the times that try men's souls." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: LonghornFreeper

“I...I swear...it’s never happened to me before.”

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

“If you keep playing with it, it’ll fall right off.”

And that favorite of grandpas everywhere...

“Who’s got your winky? Who’s got your winky?” [as he demonstrates a “winky” snagged between his forefinger and middle finger]

Oh, wait. I think that was only MY grandpa.


36 posted on 04/22/2008 8:51:31 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Alouette
Hillary takes no prisoners.


Yeah, it's a nutcracker.

37 posted on 04/22/2008 8:52:16 PM PDT by batter (The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: LonghornFreeper

Operation Helen Thomas is working.

38 posted on 04/22/2008 8:54:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~***Just say NO to the "O"***~~~)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking too. Wonder if Rev. Wright would prefer living in the Congo having his penis stolen by witches to having a multi-million house in Chicago?


39 posted on 04/22/2008 8:55:51 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Your parents will all receive phone calls instructing them to love you less now.)
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To: LonghornFreeper
I'll bet hillary's leading the whole pack.

Pure ENVY.


40 posted on 04/22/2008 8:57:30 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: LonghornFreeper

Hillary’s revenge: Send Obama to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo!!!!!


41 posted on 04/22/2008 8:57:58 PM PDT by blondee123 (NObama IN '08!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: LonghornFreeper

Memo to self: Cancel trip to Congo.


42 posted on 04/22/2008 8:58:55 PM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: batter

I should’a read yours first!


43 posted on 04/22/2008 8:59:25 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: LonghornFreeper
I don't even know where to start.

I do. I know Liberians who believe that Nigerian witches will curse money and leave it on the street so that if you pick it up, you'll turn into a dog or a cat. They also believe that some Nigerian witches in Philadelphia are making long-distance calls and, over the phone, killing the people who answer. The kids were told not to answer the house phone. The same stricture did not apply to the cell phone. Apparently a wire connection was needed to effect the magic.
44 posted on 04/22/2008 9:02:20 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: LonghornFreeper
Yep. It's a scam. First they shrink it and then they put your name in a master database of men with small penises and then they send you all this spam email with "enlarge" in the subject line...

Well, that's what happened to me, anyway.

45 posted on 04/22/2008 9:03:17 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: LonghornFreeper
Am I the only one who finds it odd that a place would have both call-in radio AND sorcery?

I mean we have Art Bell but...

46 posted on 04/22/2008 9:05:45 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Nix the sorcery...if a picture of Helen Thomas can’t shrink it — nothing can!

LOL!


47 posted on 04/22/2008 9:06:05 PM PDT by STE=Q ("These are the times that try men's souls." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: LonghornFreeper
"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.

Maybe he just found a cooter with teeth.

Biological RapeX

South African Technological Solution ... migrating north?


48 posted on 04/22/2008 9:06:32 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Party ahead of principles; eventually you'll be selling out anything to anyone for the right price.)
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To: LonghornFreeper

Obviously a lesbian cabal of shamans...


49 posted on 04/22/2008 9:09:10 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: bannie
That was actually for sale around Christmas. I was tempted to buy one for my father as a gag gift but the price tag was a bit steep for what it was. Amazon has them for $9 now.

The product description was priceless: "stainless steel thighs" and "Through the whole nutcracking process, her smile doesn't change a bit."

LOL!

Maybe we should send one to Obama after tonight's results...

50 posted on 04/22/2008 9:09:30 PM PDT by batter (The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. - Thomas Jefferson)
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