Zimbabwe (Ariel Elementary School) UFO Incident
September 16, 1994, 62 students ages 5 through 12, while enjoying
mid-morning recess in the playground of Ariel elementary school,
private primary school located in Ruwa a small town in Mashonaland
East, Zimbabwe, allegedly witnessed three silver balls high in the sky.
Apparently, after appearing and disappearing three times the UFOs made
their way to the school (according to one witness following a line of
electricity pylons) with one either landing or hovering (there is some
disagreement over this) in an area made up of trees, thorn bushes and
bamboo populated by poisonous animals and insects and off limits to the
All the children told the same basic story, the
consensus of opinion being that an object came down about a hundred
meters (300 or so feet) from where the children were gathered at the
playground’s edge. A small man or men (alien) about a meter in height,
with a scrawny neck, large bulging eyes, pale skin, long hair and
dressed in a shiny tight-fitting black suit apparently appeared on the
top of the object, on the ground, then behind the object. Soon after
the object lifted of at high speed and disappeared.
Following the close encounter’s conclusion some of the younger
students, apparently believing they were going to be eaten, ran into
the school frightened and shouting for help.
only adult available (the teachers were attending a faculty meeting)
was the mother of one of the students and operator of the school’s
“tuckshop,” who believing the fracas to be a ruse in the offing
(perhaps to gain access to candy) refused to leave her post.
older students, who remained outside, had a different take maintaining
the creature or creatures intimated (telepathically) that humans were
destroying the planet, polluting the environment and that there would
be dire consequences. One of them stated that she had received a
message (from the beings) that we are not taking “proper care of the
planet” while it was the opinion of another “that they want people to
know that we’re actually making harm on this world and we mustn’t get
too technologed” while yet another impressive in her sincerity and
obviously anxious that she be believed told investigators, “ I swear by
every hair on my head and the whole bible that I am telling the truth.”
The event purportedly lasted about fifteen minutes the object(s)
eventually disappearing from view.
headmaster of the school, a Mr. Colin Mackie, and a non-believer in
UFOs said he believed the children were telling the truth and had seen
what they said the saw.
According to some sources, UFOs were seen in the skies over Zimbabwe
for two days prior to the alleged encounter.
many, the Ariel incident is one of the most noteworthy in terms of
proof of UFO’s and aliens. Their argument that it would be nearly
impossible to get 62 children to invent a story like this let alone get
the particulars to match.
The students, now adults, still stand by their claims.
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