UFO sightings typically happen in certain hotspots–think Area 51 in Nevada. But in 1994, a mass UFO event took place in Zimbabwe–and no one knows why.
The Ariel School event remains one of the most perplexing mass sightings in history. More than sixty school children experienced alien encounters that day.
Ruwa is a town near Harare in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East Province. The area has become an increasingly popular suburban destination for workers from Harare, but in 1994, Ruwa was much more rural.
On September 16th of that year, more than sixty of the students at the Ariel School in Ruwa reported UFO sightings and alien encounters. The children, who ranged in age from six to twelve, said that a disc-shaped spaceship landed behind the school. One or two strange creatures–reports were mixed on the exact number–emerged and spoke to them.
The children ran back inside to tell their teachers about what happened. Naturally, the adults wrote off the incident as a childish prank.
But in the days before the Ariel School encounter, people across Zimbabwe had reported seeing strange lights in the sky. Moreover, most of the children living in rural Africa had not been exposed to pop culture depictions of aliens. So why did they describe the classic “greys” mentioned by so many other people who experienced alien encounters and alien abduction?
After multiple children went home, clearly frightened, and told their parents what they saw, the headmaster of the Ariel School became involved. A news crew from the BBC, as well as Dr. John Mack, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of psychiatry from Harvard University, talked to the children in depth.
You can see video footage of the children being interviewed by a BBC journalist in 1994 in the mini-documentary “Ariel Phenomenon,” as well as statements from the experts involved.
UFO researcher Cynthia Hind interviewed many of the children and reviewed their drawings of the event. They described silver objects in the sky that disappeared and reappeared several times before landing (or perhaps hovering) behind the school.
“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),” Hind wrote in her subsequent book on the mass UFO sighting.
According to the children, “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.”
Hind’s interviews with the children revealed that the aliens communicated a message. The aliens apparently told the children that the Earth was endangering itself through technological progress and industrialization.
In short, humans were destroying the planet, and the aliens wanted us to stop.