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The Therapy Sessions
Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Backward Niger? Who'd have guessed?

I quote:
Retarded news out of Niger today: the mayor of the capital Niamey is on a witch hunt:

'Given the rumor which has been circulating for at least three weeks now of strange apparitions stalking people, notably young women, I have ordered all the elderly chiefs of Niamey to resort to the traditional sacrifices, with qualified people, to stop this curse,' Niamey Mayor Jules Oguet said Monday.

Some local marabouts -- Muslim religious leaders who are often credited with magical powers -- have dismissed the apparitions as conmen trying to extort money from frightened people, but Oguet was taking no chances.

The article also ends in a shocker:

Niger, where the majority of the population is Muslim, is one of the poorest countries on earth.

Gasp! Who could have thought that a country run by people who believe in witchcraft could be one of the poorest on the planet!?


Thanks! Warren Ellis via Burnside.

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