Witnessed by many school children- What are your thoughts on this encounter? I recall reading a bit on this after it happened... never any great detail. Sighting- or was there actually reported contact?
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It's hard to see how this landing could be a hoax. There were many witnesses and I agree Muadib, that the chances of 'schooling' these kids in a lie and have them stick to it under questioning by a qualified psychiatrist, are minute. This is one of the cases I cite as being extremely strong proof of the reality of the UFO subject. I'm not sure how the debunkers deal with a case like this, in fact I'd be very interested to hear the skeptical view - I agree that it sounds fantastic and of course I wasn't there so cannot vouch for anything, I just see it as very hard to fake?
A fascinating case to say the least. There are several youtube docuclips on the matter. Here are a few.
These may be irrelevant points (and almost impossible to follow up one) but I'd be interested in knowing if these kids were from a single classroom ( probably not) and if so, what the current curriculum was on. I mean that if environmentalism was being discussed at the time thus making the children receptive to this message whether it be mass hallucination or they were primed to have it embellished to them by something else.
"primed to have it embellished to them by something else"
which asks the question- why them? I wonder if any particular child, now adult, is in a position to effect any type of environmental change. It does seem strange that similiar incidents wouldn't have occured, in other areas of the world- if a concerned intelligence really wanted to spread this message.
And that is a great point as well why do these contacts always seem to consist of non sequitars that are ambiguous at best regardless of the ages of the contactees involved. If said forces had our interests at heart...and by extension maybe their own...they wouldn't have to give us a fish, just teach us how to fish. It would be one thing to pull this crap on adults, children are another matter...Guys just come out and SAY what is on your minds. Please no mind games.
In 1994, Dr John Mack and research associate Dominique Callimanopulos traveled to Zimbabwe to research one of the most extraordinary group sightings of a UFO in recent times. At the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, 60 children reported seeing a landed UFO during recess. In 2007, Dominique Callimanopulos and Randall Nickerson began production of an edited video program presenting John Mack’s interviews with the schoolchildren and faculty. The film became a consuming passion of Nickerson’s, and he spent 9 months in Africa to broaden the scope of the film far beyond our initial expectations, discovering new witnesses that corroborate the students’ accounts. He is now editing, after returning from a follow-up visit to Africa in 2009, and visits with the now-adult children in 2010.
Those children are now young adults scattered around the globe. Nickerson is tracking them down and interviewing them about the experience. “Their stories have not changed at all,” he says. “Not what you would expect if they had made it all up.”
Soon afterwards the children were asked to draw pictures of what they had seen. “They did this separately. The drawings were all the same.”
Tracking them down hasn’t been that difficult. “They are contacting us because of what we put up on the John E. Mack Institute website. What is interesting is that their stories remain the same as in 1994.
Nickerson’s first stop during his visit to southern Africa was Ariel School. “I interviewed teachers and workers who were there at the time.” He also came across people from two different schools in the area who had similar sightings on the same day.
The thing about the contactee movement is that it is a social movement riddled with messages of environmentalism, peace, not war etc. Collectively, contactees play a unique social role in that they are sometimes lone voices that work against other dominant, power driven and oppressive messaging and mechanisms of social control in society. Their time seems to have come and gone. Whitley Streiber is one of the last of the contactee prophets promoting peace and light.
There is just "not a thing" in place, or that makes sense (at least in terms of what humans would call "common sense") with respect for the contact and abduction scenarios. I have as much or more interest in this aspect of Fortean events as I do any, and I certainly get where you are coming from here. It's frustrating, but in truth, my fascination overides the frustration. I think they call that addiction.
There is so much to consider and yet it all adds up to one big, WTF.
The question in my mind becomes, are we dealing with one sentient chameleon like species or being, the trickster if you will, or are we truly as some have maintained more or less a Disneyland of the gods wherein the Earth is basically a big cosmic amusement park or science project for a myriad of alien species perusing the universe. The latter to me has always seemed, I don't know, a little Star Trek(ish), but who knows?