The horrendous conditions of poverty, war and disease faced by the populations of Central Africa has given rise to bizarre and terrifying armed groups involved in barbarous and inhuman activities.
At least two paramilitary cannibal cults are creating terror and violence in Central Africa. Last week, World Crunch reprinted an article from the African journal Syfia International in which Justin Kalenga Tamba, a local chief from Mitwaba, was interviewed about the Mai-Mai militia group, lead by Gedeon Kyungu Mutanga. The paramilitary cult has become notorious for its activities of murder, rape and robbery and some 130,000 people are reported to have fled into the bush to escape them.
Once captured, they are known to also eat the traditional leaders of enemy tribes. Tamba claims that 40 chiefs have been killed by the Mai-Ma, “who ate their flesh, which they believe can strengthen their power and make them invulnerable to bullets.”
But the Mai-Ma are not the only group in the region known for horrific violence and cannibalism. There is also the infamous Lords Resistance Army. LRA soldiers collect the genitals and organs of their victims to use as occult charms and in cannibalistic rituals. Both groups consider themselves Christian fundamentalists with a mix of local occultism. LRA leaders have claimed they are in direct contact with God and fighting for the Ten Commandments. The groups roam the jungles on the borders of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
girl mutilated by Lords' Resistance Army
The International War Crime Report says that the LRA “is accused of kidnapping tens of thousands of women and children to serve as soldiers, servants or sex slaves in northern Uganda as well as forcing these forcibly conscripted civilians to commit horrible crimes, including the mutilation (including the systematic cutting off of limbs, lips, noses, and ears as ‘punishments’) and killing of fellow villagers and even family members.”
US special forces have become involved in hunting down the group. The New York Times reports that in April, the US offered $5 million for information leading to the capture of its leaders. The head of the group, Joseph Kony, is wanted by the International Criminal Court.