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Understanding (or not) the Causes of Things

April 15, 2010
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Since arrivng at LSE the university motto ‘understanding the causes of things’  has been thrust upon us on more than several occassions. With this in mind, after reading about a Spaniard recently abducted in the DRC I tried extremely hard to understand the potential rationale of the Mai Mai group responsible; Ransome?  Political pawn? Raising awareness of their cause? But how could these explanations or any others possibly outweigh the pressure the rebel group would incur as a consequence of this act?

Dr Mario Zarza Manresa

The reason behind the abduction was a lot less obivious – It was for his hair. Apparently this particular Mai Mai leader believes that adorning himself with white people’s hair makes him invulnerable in combat! Read more here, http://alexengwete.blogspot.com/2010/04/no-joke-weaponization-of-caucasians.html.

Note, Dr Mario Zarza Manresa, founding member of the Spanish NGO “Asociación Africanista Manuel Iradier”, is apparently safe having been brought back by the Congolse military.

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  1. Craig M permalink*
    April 21, 2010 1:31 pm

    It turns out that this story is in fact false, the Spanish doctor has been returned with a full head of hair. The Congolese Information Minister was in fact false when he stated that the Spaniard was being used for his hair – http://alexengwete.blogspot.com/2010/04/drc-minister-of-information-lambert.html

    Perhaps I jumped at the initial idea of magical thinking a little quickly – but so did the New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/04/10/world/international-uk-congo-democratic-kidnap.html

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