'Witchcraft' claim sparked deadly soccer riot

Reply Mon 15 Sep, 2008 01:39 pm
'Witchcraft' claim sparked deadly soccer riot

Accusations that a soccer player was using witchcraft during a match in eastern Congo sparked a riot that killed 13 people, a U.N.-funded radio station reported Monday.

Most of the victims were between the ages of 11 and 16, Radio Okapi said. They were suffocated as panicked crowds ran for the exits during the mayhem Sunday in Butembo in eastern Congo's North Kivu province.
Reply Mon 15 Sep, 2008 01:54 pm
Wow, if I knew THAT spell... I mean sheesh.. being able to cause a riot?

Damn.. thats one hell of a young witch I tell you what.

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Cliff Hanger
Reply Tue 16 Sep, 2008 06:47 am
Believing in spells is common in certian parts of Africa. A few years ago, there was a spell circulating that if you were a man shook the hand of someone with a spell your penis would fall off.

I was in graduate school with someone from Zimbabwe. He was an intelligent, ambitious, reasonable guy--except for when it came to the penis falling off topic-- he was convinced it could happen. No reasoning could get him to think otherwise. He probably has his Ph.D by now.
Robert Gentel
Reply Tue 16 Sep, 2008 09:49 pm
@Robert Gentel,
More info:
Nyuki club was losing to local rivals Socozaki on Sunday when Nyuki's goalkeeper advanced up the pitch and tried to use "fetishist" spells to turn the tide of the match, Okapi said, without giving more details.
When a police commander tried to break up an ensuing brawl between rival players, members of the crowd pelted him with rocks, the radio added. Police fired teargas in response, causing a stampede to the exits in which 11 people were killed and several injured, Okapi said.
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Reply Tue 16 Sep, 2008 09:54 pm
@Cliff Hanger,
The penis falling off spell is only given to the trusted few...
Cliff Hanger
Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2008 05:59 am
I think you are right.

Trying to reason with this guy about this topic went nowhere. An additional note: he was a father to two sons, one who died when he was one or two years old when they still lived in Africa. I remember him telling me his son died "of a mysterious illness." As far as I could tell, he was given no medical diagnosis of why the little boy died, and he accepted it as a mystery.

Can you see this taking place in the US?
Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2008 06:08 am
@Cliff Hanger,
The entire reason spells work is BECAUSE of people like that. People who feverishly believe in something will make it happen.
Not that you could -make- your penis fall off because you believe it will.. but you could give yourself adverse effects in bed if you were constantly worried about such thing and believed with all your might it was going to happen.

But I come from a biased point of view.. Cool
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