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    One of the most interesting cases involving UFOs takes place in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. Ruwa is a small farming community in southeastern Africa and news from this small town rarely gets out. On September 16, 1994, the children and teachers at Ariel School reported seeing a UFO that landed. This happened during recess time and the student’s ages ranged from 5-12 years. 62 kids were outside the school during the incident with one adult supervising.

    What also makes this case interesting are reports of possible UFOs/meteors in the skies over Zimbabwe two days before the incident of which the children were unaware. The students at Ariel saw three UFOs in the skies disappear and reappear in different places with one of them landing. The UFO landed very close in a heavily wooded area which was off-limits to children.

    The students described a small human-like being on top of the craft who was 3 ft. (1 meter) tall, dark suit, slender neck, long black hair, large eyes and came towards the children. The being disappeared after he “watched” the children and took off in the craft. Many of the children were frightened by the little man and when they told the vendor at the snack bar, she didn’t believe them.

    The late Cynthia Hind, who was a top-notch UFO researcher in Africa investigated the incident. The children had 35 drawings and sketches waiting for her when she arrived, which all depicted the extraterrestrial craft and being similarly. Colin Mackie, the school’s headmaster believed the children were truthful about what they saw. One of the students, a young girl, told Hind, “I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth.”

    Dr. John Mack, along with researcher Dominique Callimanopulos also investigated the case for 2 days interviewing 12 of the children and parents. Some of the older children said they were communicated with by the being (perhaps telepathically) that something may happen in the future and humans were destroying the Earth. The Zimbabwe school sighting goes down as one of the best close encounter cases in history and a documentary is being made on the incident.

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