This September marks the 20th anniversary of the most amazing, fascinating and unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, more on that later) media ignored UFO case ever recorded:
The Ariel School Encounter, Ruwa, Zimbabwe in 1994.
During a Friday morning break on the 16th of September, sixty two children of ages varying between 7-12, witnessed strange silvery craft that landed near their classroom block and encountered odd-looking beings with large black eyes that moved in unnatural motions.
Some of the children experienced a telepathic communication with these beings, who seemed to project images of Earth’s destruction into the children’s minds.
Some of these children were interviewed on film soon after these events by South African UFO researcher and writer of the periodical; UFO Afrinews, Cynthia Hind and then by Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. John E. Mack.
You can read Cynthia’s articles on this case written at the time in these two PDF’s of
Issue 11 UFO_AFRINEWS-11-150 and follow-up Issue 12 UFO AFRINEWS issue 12
You can see John Mack’s interviews with some of the children here:
UFO Encounter at Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe 1994
This case is a hugely important one, though it gets far less attention than ‘The Roswell Incident’ that happened 47 years previous.
In fact, out of UFO circles, the Ariel School Encounter is pretty much unknown.
In a way, that may be a good thing, in that the lack of public knowledge of this case has meant that there is no dis-information, hype or nonsense surrounding it.
With Roswell, it’s military involvement and talk of recovered bodies and Government cover-up etc, there is such a quagmire of information and misinformation that it’s quite a daunting task to research or even look at without ending up frustrated, confused and annoyed.
What we have with the Ariel School encounter however, is quite a refreshingly simple story without all the twists and turns of cover-ups, wild claims and counter-claims or cash-ins.
We have a straight forward, but none the less incredible case, of strange craft being sighted in the skies above the school before landing and beings from these craft interacting with the school children in a variety of ways before returning to the craft and disappearing.
We have no physical evidence, but what we do have are the interviews with many of the children involved, recorded soon after the event, as well as more recent follow-up interviews, where we can see the impact these experiences had and indeed still has on them.
More of these recent interviews will hopefully come to light in the coming months and years as there is a documentary on this case in the offing, as well as a feature film about Dr John Mack.
Thanks to the presence of mind from the school Headmaster; Colin Mackie, who got all the children back to their classrooms and told them to draw what they had seen, we also have the children’s pictures, drawn of the craft and occupants as well as Cynthia Hind’s articles in UFO AFRINEWS written soon after the incident.
Interestingly, in the days before this encounter, there was a ‘flap’ of UFO sightings and reports of strange lights making odd maneuvers in the skies around Harare, approximately 20 km away, which you can read about in Cynthia Hinds UFO AFRINEWS issue 11 above.
Also, the day before the Ariel School encounter, some of the children reported witnessing a ‘cigar like’ object in the sky in broad-daylight and others reported ‘cigarette shaped’ objects above the school grounds.
In the early hours of Friday morning, Mrs Stevens, whose farm is close to the school, got up to use the bathroom and saw a huge orange glow, like a big round ball, out of her window, over her chicken house.
She ran to call her husband but when he came it had gone.
The BBC apparently reported on this case at the time for their documentary series; Agenda, though I can find no information about this particular programme or the series itself.
Apart from ‘Agenda’ which aired 20 years ago, why does the media continue to ignore this fascinating case?
You can tell from the children’s interviews that they are honestly recounting their experiences and there are a couple of details that have stayed with me and that I think demonstrate this point well;
In one of John Mack’s interviews with one of the young girls, which you can see in the interview clips, she talks of being scared by the noise that she heard in the air during this experience, Mack asks her what kind of noise it was and suggests ‘a roar or buzz or hum’, but she replies by saying, and this has always struck me as such a powerful explanation because of it’s unexpectedness and oddness :
“It was like someone was blowing a flute”.
Another one of the girls talks about receiving a message from one of the beings seemingly via his eyes, regarding the lack of care we show the planet.
Speaking about the being’s eyes, Mack asks her:
“What was the sense you got from those eyes?”
to which she replies;
“That he was interested”.
Dr. John Mack, who was certified in child psychoanalysis, believed the children were being truthful in their accounts of their experiences and said; “…the whole quality of the way they talk about it is the way a person talks about experience that happened to them”.
Cynthia Hind also writes of the children’s testimonies:
“I was impressed by the honesty of the children. When they weren’t sure, they were hesitant; when they were sure they spoke out quickly and confidently”.
I believe the media continues to ignore this case because it is not easily dismissed or debunked.
If you wanted to attempt to debunk this case, you could say that the children were having a ‘mass hallucination’, but upon hearing the details of their experiences and John Mack’s analysis, such an explanation doesn’t hold up, in the same way saying the children all conspired to make up the story doesn’t either.
The media and indeed Governments would rather we all stare down at our phones rather than up at the sky, because in that state we are easily manipulated, controlled and will behave like good little consumers.
This case does something amazing, it makes us wonder, and it makes us live in the question of a genuine experience of the unknown.
What happened here? What did the children encounter that day? Who were the beings? Where did they come from? How did they get from ‘there’ to here?..and so on…
So many questions that cause us to reassess what reality is and our place within it.
Questions that open the mind and heart if you let them.
This case cannot be dismissed except by the very closed-minded who want everything explained away and put in a nice safe box marked ‘nothing to see hear, move along’.
It’s been 20 years since the events of that Friday morning, and I believe it’s time this case did generate media interest and coverage, because it is powerful in its straight-forwardness, and, as one of the girls, now grown up, says in a recent interview:
“People need to know, that there is something else out there”.
I have written a piece of music inspired by this case called: S i l v e r O b j e c t s
Which you can hear at: http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=203864