The Zimbabwe UFO Mystery

“We heard a high pitch frequency sound, andwe saw a flash and a crafttwo beings were hopping along

They weren't touching the groundthey were almost mimicking us" On September 16th 1994, Emily Trim was one of 62 children at Zimbabwe’s Ariel School who claimed to witness an alien visit The elementary students said they saw three mysterious flashes of light overhead When this mesmerising blinking stopped, it became clear that these were actually aircraft The UFOs landed in a wooded area beside the school and two thin, metre-tall humanoids materialised on its roof

In the two decades since the incident, experts from all over the world have tried and failed to debunk the sighting, leading many with no doubts that it actually happened According to witnesses, the first humanoid was wearing an ill-fitting black suit He had enormous eyes, a scrawny neck and lank black hair He was soon joined by another similar looking creature The figures walked towards the children as if in a daze

When they noticed the kids, they returned to the spaceship and disappeared Some witnesses said the aliens warned them about the devastating impact of human activity on Earth’s natural resources before leaving This information was delivered telepathically What makes the story especially remarkable is the fact that all the children told the same version of events Eerily, when the school’s headmaster Colin Mackie selected 35 children to draw what they had witnessed, they all depicted the same scene

Given how soon after the incident this took place, it is significant that the children recalled the event almost identically One terrified child told investigators, “I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth” Curiously, Zimbabwe had experienced its first reported mass UFO sighting earlier that very week Two days before the incident, thousands of people across Zimbabwe claimed that they had seen a UFO hurtling across the sky Neither UFOs nor aliens exist in Zimbabwe’s national culture

The sighting cannot therefore be explained as an episode of mass hysteria Nor can the school sighting, according to medical experts Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Professor John Mack traveled to Zimbabwe to interview the children who witnessed the incident Professor Mack, a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer and highly respected psychiatrist, was convinced they were telling the truth The BBC sent a camera crew to interview the children

Tim Leach, Director of the BBC’s Zimbabwe Bureau at the time, said that hearing the testimonies completely changed his perspective on life and the universe Describing its transformational effect, he said “I wouldn’t change it for the world” It is also interesting that the 62 children have stood by their statements in adulthood They are not profiting from standing by their claims, but have nonetheless maintained their story However, many respected medical professionals question the authenticity of Professor Mack’s alien research

This includes senior staff at Harvard Medical School Suspicion over his findings eventually led to anonymous faculty members secretly investigating his work This was the first time in the university’s history that a tenured professor had been under investigation According to journalist William H Honan, the result was a “highly critical” report

Although Mack retained his job, he lost considerable professional respect for his work on UFO sightings and alien abductions Much of this scepticism comes down to the absence of proof for aliens or UFOs Besides witness statements, there is no proof that the Earth has ever received an extraterrestrial visit In 2000 a leaked British Ministry of Defence Report titled "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK" concluded that suspected UFO incidents are “almost certainly attributable to physical, electrical and magnetic phenomena in the atmosphere, mesosphere and ionosphereThey appear to originate due to more than one set of weather and electrically-charged conditions and are observed so infrequently as to make them unique to the majority of observers" There have been no scientific developments since the report’s release to suggest otherwise The same is true for alien life itself In 2016, a study conducted at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics concluded that there is a high probability that intelligent aliens might not exist for another trillion years

Scientist and the report’s lead author Avi Loeb explained that humans may actually be an anomaly in the universe, as we cannot be certain that other intelligent life exists Four days after the event in 1994, a search team arrived at the site looking for proof of the alien visit The team used a geiger counter, metal detector and magnetometer to test for traces of radioactivity and any mysterious objects Despite extensive searching, nothing unusual was found at the scene Furthermore, teachers at the school said in interviews that there were around 250 children playing outside at the scene of the landing

The 62 children who witnessed the incident are outnumbered by those who didn’t This discrepancy strongly suggests that whatever occurred in the playground that day was not as tangible as it first seemed Some aspects of the Zimbabwe UFO incident and its aftermath defy logical explanation However, there is no hard proof it ever took place, and scientists now suggest intelligent alien life may not even exist yet All the same, the ZImbabwe incident remains compelling because of the sheer number of witnesses

It also remains shrouded in mystery

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