A mob in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stoned, burned and ate a man after accusing him of being part of a Ugandan-based Islamist “rebel” group operating in the area—forming part of an ancient and still-ongoing tradition of cannibalism in Africa.
In the latest incident, the unidentified victim was “accused” of being part of the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who have massacred hundreds of locals using hatchets and machetes in the north east of the DRC.
However, it appears that the “evidence” which the mob used was the fact that their chosen victim could not speak Swahili and had a machete in his possessions, which were stored on the bus he was riding. Witnesses said he was then stoned to death by the crowd before his body was burned and eaten.
Cannibalism remains common in all parts of Africa. In January 2014, for example, cannibals in the Central African Republic (CAR) were photographed eating other—unrelated—Muslim “rebels” in that country. The cannibals claimed they were “Christians” taking revenge on the “Muslims.” In reality, of course, it was just plain barbaric savagery.
In the most prominent of those CAR incidents, a cannibal boasting the name “Mad Dog” (apparently his real name is Ouandja Magloire) openly cut pieces off a dead body in full view of western journalists and ate them.
In February 2014, a hotel in Anambra, Nigeria, was closed down after two human heads wrapped in cellophane were discovered at its restaurant that had been serving human flesh.
Human flesh was apparently being sold as an expensive treat at the restaurant, with authorities saying that roasted human head was even on the menu.
According to reports, a local pastor said that he was “surprised,” particularly because he had eaten at the establishment.
“I went to the hotel early this year, after eating, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised,” a pastor who had visited the eatery said.
“So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price. What is this country turning into? Can you imagine people selling human flesh as meat?” he added. “Seriously I’m beginning to fear people in this part of the world.”
The cannibal activities of the Liberian “Civil War” warlords are well known and have been documented by a famous Vice documentary on the topic (see video below).
Cannibalism has been present in Africa from the very beginning, as noted by all early explorers, including the famous Paul du Chaillu (who also first reported on the existence of pygmies and gorillas) in his books Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa and A Journey to Ashango-land, and Further Penetration into Equatorial Africa.
These works contain vivid and uncensored descriptions of native African cannibalism, tribal warfare, witchdoctors, superstition, and technology. His astute observations were even used by Oxford University professor John R. Baker in a section on African cognitive ability in his classic work Race.
Sidney Langford Hinde, the former captain of the Congo Free State Force, in his 1897 work The Fall of the Congo Arabs, also noted:
“Nearly all the tribes in the Congo Basin either are or have been cannibals; and among some of them the practice is on the increase. Races who until lately do not seem to have been cannibals, though situated in a country surrounded by cannibal races, have, from increased intercourse with their neighbors, learned to eat human flesh. There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that they prefer human flesh to any other.”
Du Chaillu concluded:
“As to his future capabilities, I think extreme views have prevailed among us. Some hold the opinion that the negro will never rise higher than he is; others think that he is capable of reaching the highest state of civilization. For my own part, I do not agree with either of these opinions.
“I believe that the negro may become a more useful member of mankind than he is at present, that he may be raised to a higher standard; but that, if left to himself, he will soon fall back into barbarism, for we have no example to the contrary. In his own country the efforts of the missionaries for hundreds of years have had no effect; the missionary goes away and the people relapse into barbarism. Though a people may be taught the arts and sciences known by more gifted nations, unless they have the power of progression in themselves, they must inevitably relapse in the course of time into their former state.”