Preface: Wednesday, September 14, 1994, was an exciting night for Southern Africa. Round about 8:50 p.m. to 9:05 p.m., a pyrotechnic display of some magnificence appeared in the almost clear night skies of this part of the continent. Astronomers across the region soon reported that the pyrotechnic display, seen as far away as Zambia and Botswana, had been a meteor shower. However though, dozens of reports of a capsule like fireball, trailing fire and flanked by two smaller capsules. A young boy and his mother reported a daylight sighting, a trucker who had seen strange beings on the road at night.
The multitude of witnesses that reported seeing strange and wonderfully eerie fireballs burning across the night sky included scientists, astronomers, amateur astronomers, and the dozens of scattered residents that happened to be looking up into the night sky. The accounts varied of what flew across the sky that night. From a zeppelin on fire to a low flying jumbo jet with visible cabin lights and sparks blazing out its tail. Many witnesses submitted drawings of what they saw in the sky that night and remarkably, almost all of the the drawings resembled the same shaped craft in distress.
Two days later during morning, a group of children attending Ariel Primary School in Ruwa watched in fascination as 3 silver balls hovered in the sky over the school, before disappearing and reappearing several times. One of the UFOs slowly landed, or hovered, on an area of rough ground next to the school. The children are not allowed in this area although it is adjacent to their playing field and is not fenced off, because of snakes, spiders and perhaps other harmful creatures. One can soon disappear from view while walking here, and there is only one very rough track used by tractors in an attempt to clear this area. While some children ran off in terror, a number of curious ones ran over to the school boundary fence to investigate from a safe distance.
There is a line of electricity pylons and according to one boy, the object followed along this line prior to landing.
62 of the children, most of which were 10 & 11, later gave a variety of descriptions to investigators, but the common report was of a large, glowing, saucer shaped craft with 3 legs.
To the childrens amazement, 3 beings had emerged from the craft, all dressed in one piece suits. The children described them as moving in slow motion and as having large black eyes. According to the children, when they looked into the creatures eyes, they received telepathic messages from them. The message they received was one expressing the need for humanity to take action to stop further environmental damage from occurring to the planet, as if we didn’t, we would be doomed as a species.
One eyewitness, Barry D., said he had seen three objects flying over, with flashing red lights. They disappeared, and reappeared almost immediately, but somewhere else. This happened about three times. Then they came and landed near some gum trees, the main one (object), was about the size of his thumb nail held at arm’s length. The reports were similar although some children were more observant than others. The consensus of opinion was that an object came down in the area where they indicated, about 100 yards from where they were at the edge of the school playing field. Then a small man (about 3' tall) appeared on top of the object. He walked a little way across the rough ground, became aware of the children and disappeared. He, or someone very like him, then reappeared at the back of the object. The object took off very rapidly and disappeared. The little man was dressed in a tight fitting black suit which was shiny, according to one observant girl (11 years of age). He had a long scrawny neck and huge eyes like rugby balls. He had a pale face with long black hair coming below his shoulders.
The children vary in cultures: there are black, white, colored and Asian children. One little girl said: I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth. The smaller children from 5-7 years were very frightened at the time and ran shouting: Help me, help me. When the older children asked why they were saying this, the reply was: He is coming to eat us. This mainly applied more to the black African children who have legends of TOKOLOSHIES eating children.
Their teachers were in a meeting and did not come out. When the headmaster was queried about this, he said the children always shouted and yelled during their playtime and no one thought there was anything unusual going on, and although he had never been involved with UFOs or a believer in them, said that he believed the children had seen what they said they saw. The only other adult available at the time was one of the mothers who was running the tuckshop (lunchroom). When the children came to call her, she did not believe them and would not come out: she was not prepared to leave the tuckshop with all the food and money.
Gunter Hofer, a young man who builds his own electrical equipment, a Geiger counter, a metal detector and a magnetometer, to try and see if the object left any traces behind. Gunter and the men thoroughly examined the ground around where the children had seen the object, but could get no reaction on the geiger counter or any other equipment. If the object was hovering perhaps nothing would show.
The whole encounter lasted less than 5 minutes, and by the time the teaching staff had been alerted, the UFO had disappeared. At first the teachers believed that the children had simply imagined the event, but soon began to realize that something out of the ordinary had happened that recess, some of the children were hysterical with fear, while others were overcome with excitement at what they had witnessed.
Although there were discrepancies, researchers point to the fact that under the circumstances this was understandable. What stood out weren’t the differences, but the obvious similarities between the accounts and honesty of the children concerned.