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Killing children a political ritual
The Toronto Star ^ | Apr 21, 2008 | Antoine Lawson

Posted on 04/23/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT by forkinsocket

LIBREVILLE, gabon–When the body of 13-year-old Ralph Edang N'na was found drained of blood and with gaping wounds in his genitals, chest and neck last month, many in Gabon thought it was politicians who had ordered his killing.

The murder of children and young adults, whose organs are eaten or used to make magical amulets, has increased in recent years in the oil-rich central African nation. Campaigners say some Gabonese politicians use the black magic rituals to boost their chances of winning lucrative government posts.

With elections to municipal councils on Sunday, many fear a spate of gruesome child murders.

Every week, mutilated bodies are discovered in the capital Libreville, despite police patrols. Anxious parents keep a close eye around schools so children aren't snatched.

"It's before elections and ministerial reshuffles that the vilest crimes are committed and the capital empties of certain kinds of politicians who go to the interior to carry out witchcraft," said pastor François Bibang, a member of the Association to Fight Ritual Crimes (ALCR).

In ritual killings, which still take place in several African countries, victims' body parts and blood are used in ceremonies to bestow social success and political power.

The ALCR says February alone saw 12 such killings in Gabon.

"Unfortunately, this practice seems to be spreading again in Gabon," said Jean-Elvis Ebang Ondo, who founded ALCR after his 12-year-old son was kidnapped, killed and mutilated in 2005.

The government set up a National Observatory for the Rights of Children in fall 2006 to implement a UN children's charter that enshrines, among other things, the right to protection from abuse.

Gabon is one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest oil producers but most of its citizens live in poverty.

Omar Bongo, who has ruled Gabon since 1967, used oil funds to weave a web of patronage which has created bitter competition for lucrative political jobs.

Ondo decried "the silence of the state," – a penal code approved in January omitted any mention of ritual crimes. No clear figures exist for the number of such victims.

Another activist, Frederic Ntera Etoua, tallied 290 such killings in the jungles of Ogooue-Ivindo province where Ralph Edang N'na died.

Parliamentary speaker Guy Nzouba Ndama opened a session of the assembly on March 3 by denouncing ritual crimes by politicians.

But no politician has been convicted for such crimes. An attempt to prosecute a legislator from Gamba region last year failed after he claimed parliamentary immunity.

Psychologist Philippe Ndong of Libreville University traces the rise in ritual murders to 2001.

"As legislative elections approached, mutilated bodies were discovered around the country," he said. "An 8-year-old girl was snatched in Ndolou department and killed in Mouila. The man allegedly responsible was a candidate to Parliament who entered the government after this crime."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; blackmagic; celebratediversity; childmurder; culturewar; diversity; gabon; religion; satanism; witchcraft; witchdoctor
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1 posted on 04/23/2008 9:52:04 AM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

De-Colonization was good for Africa how?


2 posted on 04/23/2008 9:54:42 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: forkinsocket
Psychologist Philippe Ndong of Libreville University traces the rise in ritual murders to 2001.

Whose fault could it be?

3 posted on 04/23/2008 9:55:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: forkinsocket

Remember, we must understand these people. Their culture is just as good as ours. Repeat until your believe it.


4 posted on 04/23/2008 9:58:01 AM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: forkinsocket

“Gabon is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil producers but most of its citizens live in poverty.”

Almost always the case.


5 posted on 04/23/2008 9:58:54 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: forkinsocket

Just another Muslim-ruled country.

Nothing to see here.

Move along.


6 posted on 04/23/2008 9:59:05 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: forkinsocket

I’m speechless.

To call these people barbaric savages is an understatement.

Then again, we have abortion rituals where young boys and girls are mutilated, dismembered, burned to death in saline solutions, and decapitated.


7 posted on 04/23/2008 9:59:21 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: forkinsocket

Sounds like a civilized country, no? What animals, this is beyond disgusting.


8 posted on 04/23/2008 10:05:26 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Westbrook

However, they are rarely eaten... /s


9 posted on 04/23/2008 10:08:52 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Psychologist Philippe Ndong of Libreville University traces the rise in ritual murders to 2001.

Whose fault could it be?


GW alarmists.

Each child eaten is one less producer of CO2.


10 posted on 04/23/2008 10:27:54 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I reserve the right to misinterpret the comments of any and all posters)
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To: forkinsocket

Celebrate diversity bump


11 posted on 04/23/2008 10:29:18 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: vpintheak

ALL CULTURES ARE EQUIVALENT ALL CULTURES ARE EQUIVALENT ALL CULTURES ARE EQUIVALENT


12 posted on 04/23/2008 10:32:20 AM PDT by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: forkinsocket

Killing children in Liberalville? What new about this?


13 posted on 04/23/2008 10:32:29 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: forkinsocket

Something is seriously wrong with these people. Between this story and the one earlier from the Congo where people are convinced that “sorcerers” are stealing or shrinking their penis’, it defies belief.

Meanwhile, we keep poring tens of billions in “aid” in Africa for . . . . . . . . what was it again??

Disgraceful!!


14 posted on 04/23/2008 10:33:08 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: vpintheak

“Repeat until your believe it.”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I will turn 64 in less than six weeks, I have hopes of living to be 100, I don’t think I will live long enough to convince myself of that.


15 posted on 04/23/2008 10:37:09 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: forkinsocket

3 million year head start and they still do this crap...


16 posted on 04/23/2008 11:09:15 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: forkinsocket
It's amazing that in this part of Africa mutilating children to death can increase your chance of getting elected. They must be Democrats with the same type of liberal spin media that we have here.
17 posted on 04/23/2008 11:16:16 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: forkinsocket

Wasn’t Joesph Wilson an ambassador to Gambon?


18 posted on 04/23/2008 11:34:38 AM PDT by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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To: Marie2

Do you believe? :)


19 posted on 04/23/2008 11:56:11 AM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: vpintheak

Diversity is strength, all cultures are equal,

“brown people” worldwide are only poor because the white man oppresses them.


20 posted on 04/23/2008 11:59:58 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: forkinsocket
This reminds me of the story of the pygmies being hunted and killed for food in the Congo. It makes me happy to have a wide, deep ocean between us and them.
21 posted on 04/23/2008 12:21:38 PM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: MrB

Yep, this third generation Dutchman is repressing the crap out of them. Uh-huh! Be repressed! Be repressed!


22 posted on 04/23/2008 1:04:52 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: vpintheak

Heck according to Bush all we need to do is invade, throw a couple of elections their way and the barbarism will be dissappear.


23 posted on 04/23/2008 4:07:51 PM PDT by KantianBurke (President Bush, why did you abandon Specialist Ahmed Qusai al-Taei?)
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To: forkinsocket
They need more, not less ritual killings.

1 sorcerous politician; 1 rope; 1 tree; add machetes, tar, and feathers as suits one's fancy. Repeat as necessary.

Pretty soon, the one will stop, and the other will no longer be necessary.

24 posted on 04/23/2008 10:02:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: Lx; Cindy
Wasn’t Joesph Wilson an ambassador to Gambon?

Why yes, he was ambassador to Gabon.

Oddly enough he went on a crusade against Cheney but couldn't bring himself to go on a crusade against something as heinous as slavery. He was in Gabon long enough to notice the child slaves in various officials' homes, I'm sure.

Just as Scott Ritter was in Iraq long enough to notice the child prisons.

Funny thing is, while grisly things like ritual murders and child slavery and the associated smuggling are so common as to be considered normal in west African countries like Gabon, Benin and in Niger, etc... joe Wilson told us with a straight face that uranium couldn't be smuggled out of Niger because the French keep such a good eye on things. His former wife Jacqueline Wilson even works as a lobbyist for Omar Bongo's daughter. Pierre Salinger played the Bongos, too.

Herman Cohen, formerly Clinton's assistant secretary of state for Africa, was contracted to "tart up the image" of the Zimbabwean dictator Mugabe. Cohen also lobbied for Mobutu of Zaire [Congo], Omar Bongo of Niger, Charles Taylor of Liberia {the guy dealing in diamonds with al Qaeda}... etc.

25 posted on 07/15/2008 10:01:14 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: sportutegrl

If they could do it here the Democrats would just call it late, late term abortion and it would be a talking point.


26 posted on 07/15/2008 10:04:41 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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