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Cannibals Still Exist: Pygmies Eaten in Congo

Sinafasi Makelo, of the Mbuti pygmies, has asked the UN to stop government and rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo from eating them. He says, "In living memory, we have seen cruelty, massacres, and genocide, but we have never seen human beings hunted down as though they were game animals. Pygmies are being pursued in the forests. People have been eaten. This is nothing more, nothing less, than a crime against humanity."

More than 600,000 pygmies are believed to live in the Congo?s jungles. Both sides in the current civil war regard them as "subhuman" and also believe that those who eat them gain magical powers. UN human rights activists say rebels have cooked and eaten at least a dozen pygmies.

Church leaders have accused some of the soldiers of killing civilians, cutting open their chests, removing hearts, lungs and livers, and eating them. Father Joseph Deneckere says, "Some of the victims had their sexual organs missing after tribal fighters cut them off to use as charms." Tribal fighters have been seen in the bush with human organs "draped from their weapons."

Acquitto Kisembo, who lives near the center of the fighting, says, "The sight of a corpse with a missing liver or heart is horrific, especially when you know those parts were eaten, and that the same could happen to you."

You don't need to eat your brothers in order to expand your mind.

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