Can you imagine waking up to find a stranger in your room, heating up coins in preparation for a “uterus transfer?”
Police in Zimbabwe arrested a teenager, who called herself “Janet,” alleging that she kidnapped an 18-year old woman and attempted to “transfer” her uterus.
Of course they accuse the teenager of witchcraft, because that’s what you do in Africa. Sigh.
The victim, Joy Marwa, said she woke up at 2AM, “to realize that a stranger was standing in my room staring at the mirror. I was so scared. I asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted my uterus.”
Janet said she was going to “transfer her uterus” to her “elders” in her home village. She was heating seven coins on the victim’s kitchen stove as part of her ritual.
Police said Janet said there were 28 witches in their kingdom and that there were “strange concoctions on the door.”
Reporters from The Weekender in Mubare said when they arrived at the police station, “Janet started groaning and rumbling like an incensed pit-bull, her grumpy voice could be heard from a distance.”
Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association president, George Kandiero, called it a clear case of witchcraft.
“If she wanted her uterus, then that is a clear case of witchcraft,” he said. “If the doors and gates were locked and she did not have spare keys to enter into that house then she can be safely called a witch.”
The police chief was the first to bring some sanity to the matter when he told reporters, “We cannot rule out the possibility that she could be a mental patient.”
Thank you, chief. Finally someone is thinking straight.
Still, this is a bizarre story.
The woman said her name was Janet and was caught trying to perform a “uterus transfer” ritual on an 18 year old girl.
Community leaders say this is a clear case of witchcraft. Police wisely think the woman is a mental patient.
Not all “witchcraft” is the same in Africa. Pictured here is a n’anga, a traditional healer who uses a combination of herbs and spiritual guidance to heal people.