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The Spectre of Cannibalism in Sub-Saharan Africa Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Norma, Kenya Sep 24, 2009
HIV/AIDS , Mental Health , Food   Opinions


The Spectre of Cannibalism in Sub-Saharan Africa
These are not behaviours of rational people: rational people do not eat the genitals of their victims (whether in medicinal form or raw). Rational people may steal, rob or even sell their victims; but they do not kill in order to somehow be able to generate wealth through black magic. If black magic worked, then those who claimed to practice it would be the richest on earth. The truth is that these people are mentally sick. The effects of a maize diet and extreme hunger have combined to make people vulnerable to all sorts of macabre happenings. The problems associated with a maize diet are introduced at www.nutritionafrica.com, and in my first book, A HEALTHY YOU: Tame Africa's Childhood Malnutrition. This communication is part of a series whose aim is to awaken Africa's leaders to the reality that endemic malnutrition has to be tackled specifically, in order to avert worse outcomes. Already, albinos are terrified all over the continent. Learning difficulties have become common in schools; children prefer to form gangs, than stay in school and learn....

1. Ernandes et al: 'Maize based diets and their possible neuro-behavioral after effects among some populations in the world.' J. Human Evolution, vol 2-4(1):67-77, 1996.

2. Africa Insight (Reuters): 'Human Body parts don't create wealth.' Daily Nation, 17th September, 2009.

3. Ngige F: 'Man Killed boy, ate head.' The Standard, 13th June, 2004

4. Nation team: ‘Ritual Killings worry taxi drivers.’ Daily Nation 1st September, 2009

5. 'Mystery of 14 missing bodies... A human head that had been skinned.' Daily Nation, June 7th, 2007

6. Yusuf K: 'Deadly harvest of body parts." The Standard 5th May, 2008.

7. Kyazze s: 'AIDS: Africa pays for the sins of big men.' Sunday Nation, 18th June, 2006.

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I am an African community health worker interested in cultural practices. This is because I have come to believe that culture is a foundation for development. I am especially interested in food culture for the same reasons.
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