Malawi’s Human Harvest – Full documentary – BBC Africa Eye

Malawi’s Human Harvest – Full documentary – BBC Africa Eye

My name is Anas Aremeyaw Anas. I am a Ghanaian undercover reporter. I never show my face. I’ve come to northern Malawi to investigate killings linked to the supernatural which have terrified locals. We’ll meet people who say they are dead men walking… It’s a tale of immorality and human greed
where murderous violence… has bred a lethal vigilante response, which
nearly cost me and my team our lives. This is what happens when an
investigation goes terrifyingly wrong… and my cover is blown sky high by Malawi’s Human Harvest. I am on assignment in northern Malawi. With
me in the vehicle is a local journalist Henry Mhango. He’s been covering a wave of unsolved killings
where body parts are removed from dead victims for what’s widely believed to be
witchcraft rituals. We’ve teamed up to investigate. Henry’s arranged for me to meet a police
detective at a river where the mutilated body of a young man was found. When we found him, by that time there was no head. So what would a person use a head for? If we can say from sources, they just say they take the head and it’s used for traditional medicine. All of them, they say that. Henry’s been collecting evidence. Evidence which some viewers may find upsetting. This is the headless body
that was found on the riverbank. It’s a very sad sight. At least 33 killings have been linked to
traditional medicine over the past two years in northern Malawi but even the police don’t know exactly how many. These things that they use to do, some call it Muthi, some call it Vizimba. Does it work? As an officer, as a police officer, I can’t confirm. I don’t know.
But as a human being, I believe. Fear of Muthi killings has fuelled
lethal civil unrest across Malawi. Last year the army was deployed when tales of
so-called bloodsuckers led to riots and deaths. Two years ago, the authorities in Malawi
banned all witch doctors. But traditional medicine is still widespread
here and practitioners like Daniel Myaluka still practice quite openly. This is a collection of gruesome charms, confiscated from witch doctors who use human body-part Muthi. Daniel believes body-part Muthi does work and is extremely powerful but he is also clear it is evil. We are back on the road and looking for
the headless river murder victim’s family. But it’s proving difficult. We find them after a long search in a tiny
hamlet called Yakobe. Innocent Moyo was a young man in his twenties
who left his family to work in Karonga three years ago. Then he went missing after a night out in a bar. His grieving parents spoke to
me about the loss of their son. What sort of people would involve themselves
in the gruesome murders of Malawi’s blameless youth? That’s a question that troubles
local journalist Tobias Mwaulambo. Tobias says it’s too dangerous for him to investigate those he believes are carrying out Muthi killings. But being a Ghanaian journalist, I can investigate. I’m posing as a businessman with a secret
taste for Muthi magic. And now it’s time to go undercover. Tobias was too fearful to pass on any names but after some digging around on the ground by
Henry before I arrived in Malawi, the same name kept coming up, Matthius Kamanga. He’s a notorious local witchdoctor who sourcestold us is involved in body-part Muthi. Henry met him first to explain who
I am and what I was looking for. And he was keen to do business. He said wanted to meet me face to face. It’s time for me to meet the witch doctor
Kamanga for myself. We are being very careful. If Kamanga is involved in killing we have
to be certain he will not kill on our behalf. So we’re going to tell him we’ll supply
our own body parts for the Muthi. We won’t pay him. We just need him to take
the bait and reveal the deteails of his wicked business. Kamanga claims he partnered up with another
man five years ago to target and kill victims. I am shocked by what I’m hearing and I wanted
to know how far Kamanga would go to back it up. Kamanga also says he sucks blood from live
victims using medical equipment. My team and I are investigating things at
the very edge of our understanding. We are moving into dangerous territory. I am going to meet the Sichali family. They live in terror and grief because four males of their family have been murdered over the past ten years. It’s widely believed among the community
they were killed for Muthi. We hear the young children who have been left behind as a result of these
murders are being ostracised? It’s time for me to meet witch doctor Kamanga again. We’re heading deeper into the bush,
toward his sacred shrine the place where he says he brings body-parts
and blood and turns them into Muthi. Kamanga performs a strange witchcraft ritual. Then Henry points out what appear to be small
pieces of bone on the shrine floor. This looks real. Later that evening Henry set up another meeting
with Kamanga in a remote location. This time Kamanga brings with him the man he claims is his fellow killer. A man called Njuku Mpata. Ahead of us the vehicle containing
Kamanga and Mpata. Suddenly a very bad feeling comes over me. And all the way up to the meeting spot they’ve
chosen, my sense of dread grows. When we stop, Kamanga and Mpata are back to
the details of their sordid business. We’ve already told them we’ll supply our own body
parts but for the equivalent of around $8000, they offer us two Muthi murders and the
bloodsucking of a young child. And when they finish, would the child die? How many times has he been able to do
successful Muthi operations? Suddenly, Mpata stopped the meeting. We heard some villagers making noise so we decided to quit the conversation and leave the scene. OK then let’s leave here. – OK then. There was a small good-humoured crowd
gathered at our vehicles. Tell them they shouldn’t be scared, they should feel free. But as Kamanga and Mpata melt into the
darkness, the mood turned ugly – really ugly. Really ugly. They started shoving us, pushing us… These are the IDs. Yes, BBC IDs. Where are your IDs? The crowd was becoming huge now. These are community police. Volunteer community policemen based in the village realised we really were journalists working for the BBC. They did their best to protect us, but the situation was quickly getting out of control. They started attacking them too. They used their bodies as human shields. Some of them got injured in the process. They said they were going to come. But they were not coming. Their attacks were intensifying. Please can you help us, they are kicking us, somebody is kicking us… They had pangas, they had knives, they had
clubs, they had stones… Leave me alone! What’s the matter with you? The community police said we must go to the
village chief to explain ourselves. They told us to keep walking to stay alive. This guy is protecting us. The attacks intensified. They hit my head with a huge stone.
I fell. But I had to keep up. Take his hand, take his hand! I stood and we pushed forward. There was a
valley ahead of us. I could feel someone drive a knife… Cut through my suit. When we got into the valley they
were going to end our lives. They are going to kill us… And there was nothing that could stop them.
Nothing. We knew that that was the moment we
were going to die. I held the hand of my producer. I’m here, I’m here with you… – Anas? I’m here, I’m here. Let me hold you, let me hold you. Oh please, please… We had to just run. Hold each
other’s arms and run. Oh my God. Oh my God… Kept on running. We were surprised we made
it alive. It was just the hand of God that took us out of this. We saw a hut that was the house of the chief. Chief.
– The chief. – Thank you. We were trapped in the chief’s house
surrounded by the still angry crowd. Henry managed to call the local MP who got
the police to finally come to our aid. We had escaped with our lives but the mental
scars of that night will remain with us forever. Still reeling from the events of the night before, Henry calls Kamanga demanding answers. My team and I have decided we can’ t leave here until
we find out why the villagers attacked us. It’s a strange feeling to see all these
faces and to know that just days before, so many of these people were bent on killing us. But now my cover is blown sky high. We were all over national TV news and any hope we could expose others involved in the Muthi business was over. Over the weekend some journalists were attacked
the irate community in Mwasota-Malema village. They were two Ghanaian journalists, one BBC journalist and a Malawian working for Capital Radio, Henry Mhango. I’m heading to the capital Lilongwe, to Parliament. To meet Frank Mwenifumbo, the MP for Karonga. The man whose phone calls to the police helped to save our lives. I wasn’t surprised to see how the villagers reacted. In the area they come from that there have been allegations of people killing people for their body-parts. But, according to Frank, what happened to us did shine a light into the darkest corners of Malawian society. This has been around for a long, long time
and I can tell you more than the past ten years, It’s only now that somebody has woken up to, to talk about it, to bring about awareness. Witch doctor Kamanga and his associate Njuku Mpata claimed that between them they killed 12 people. We have no way of knowing if their claims are true. They gave us the names of six victims. Henry
later investigated and discovered of the six, three were alive, one was confirmed
dead and two were missing. We wrote to Kamanga and Mpata asking for a response to the allegations in this programme but received no reply. Our investigation is over but the chilling conclusion of Henry’s phone call with Kamanga makes it clear: their gruesome services are still for sale.

100 thoughts on “Malawi’s Human Harvest – Full documentary – BBC Africa Eye

  1. These are Nigerians. …not Malawians. .. You can even hear their accent.. The witchcraft doctors face covering is foreign yoo….

  2. Wow im heart broken to see where earth has become..with all the power we have as people and government how can we see our world fall to pieces.

  3. Am I the only one swearing at there phone like you dumb mother#:;# why you asking that many questions over and over again…

  4. The problem is you can not help a full for he/she will soon turn against you.

    This is internal disease that is spreading within them.its simple the villagers can team up togeta n clear this mess but I doubt they might believe in this evil muganga

  5. Help must come frm within.
    This African.knows this dirty job is their but they do not raise their finger to do anything about it.

    This is country with police.
    President journalist law etc.
    But bbc must come to save Africa.
    No.body knows why ppl in this country have no courage to use their knowledge to stop such human abuses.

    No protest no regrets about it all.
    Shame on you Africa.Always a,slave to themselves.

  6. Why aren't these men being put away for there crimes in USA all u really need is a confession and there nothing is done. Lord keep the children and their family's safe from the wicked.

  7. seems that their "witchcraft" is lowering their IQ further back into the stone age.
    Without God's love this is what humans stoop down to: pure satanic evil!

  8. Even here in south Africa the people who take part in witchcraft they never get rich.i think they get longer lifespan because they do die are get sick only when the deal they made is over then they die


  10. Ritual Killings happen in my country too; so sad. People being kidnapped, kept like farm animals so their parts could be sold off. There were some people who were still alive found with missing limbs. And the reason; money

  11. People have been brainwashed at such an early age that it's hard for them to understand the reality that God, evil or any other mystical creatures doesn't exist, if these people understand that they wouldn't be doing such a thing for such a dangerous reason,

  12. Christians going mad here in the comments section because of Hallelujah was used by a witch doctor but I hear nothing about the fact kids being murdered, their tongues and genitalia removed.. That’s quite disturbing guys..

  13. These ritual killings are worse in Zambia. Our government needs to do something about it. Our people are suffering. This is ridiculous

  14. Malawi, then ghana.. Lol all the countries with good economies the west are creating negative side of the country because USA and England want to fool public into agreeing with invasion.

    please leave us to suffer if this is suffering in ur eyes. It seems bad but we are improving.

    if i travel UK or US it wont be hard for me to find a story, u have witches there too and body mutilations and missing children etc.

    we can all play this game lol

  15. What the hell happening now all over the world. this all route poverty how people in this country take that slaughtering innocent children government of Malawi make some steps to action on this..😠😠😠

  16. Kamanga is really a witch and an evil man was shocked to see they even use a human hand at the door of his house to also bewitch ppl and kill also using water that bathed a dead person for his evil work yoooooh this is really bad wat bothers me most he cant use his charms to be rich help himself out of poverty dis is really disturbing

  17. that will be better if u guys use all this charms to changa african's poverty🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷 this is so STUUUUPIIIDDDDD

  18. So, now that everyone knows who the killers are, what is the fate of these Witch Doctor Kamanga and Mpata? They were not arrested with all their well recorded claims as witness against their evil acts? I don't really understand what's going on here. Evil doers already exposed and here they are still walking freely and even still talking about the next possible business of killing more with their knives and blood sucking equipments all ready? Are these villagers so dumb? Can't they just hold these killers and stone them to death if the government is not doing anything about it? Daaaaaaamn!!!

  19. We are lost we are fading why do this bantus do such things we r humans everyone gonna die but y take him before legal death

  20. I can get out of my head Dave Chappelle saying that's what you need to run to for safety I don't think so👿😒😒😒

  21. Wtf is this ?!
    The government doesn't do anything about it ?
    Seriously what the actual fuck ?!
    Thank God for giving me such a beautiful to live !

  22. my friends this is just a comedy,who killed whose without evidence I believed your channel will have a lot of viewers that's great keep it up.

  23. If they only knew the power of manifesting without the use of spells and dead body parts these killers would be out of business. I believe whatever they do does work, but its working due to their strong beliefs. Just my opinion. But what do I know.

  24. Growing up I thought God destined every ones death. But in this case I was wrong. Wtf my apologies to islam, i was ignorant, I thought their God ask them to kill my reason being that some Muslim headsmen attacked my village settings fire on our homes and killing families with joy shouting Allah is Good in Arabic language. But now I know the heart of men is evil. God has nothing to do with people's barbarism.

  25. Despite the multiple killings and atrocities Kamanga has committed for money rituals, how come he's still not rich?
    I hope all these wicked people get caught and face an even severe punishment for all the bad things they do.

  26. the witch: we need a head, it is good for business
    me: (looks at him in the face) You have a useless head yourself devil use that!


  28. So a crowd can go up against two journalists, yet won't go up against two men who murder their own people.. they don't get arrested, no one walks up and shoots them to end what they're doing.. crazy.. monsters are real and they're human..

  29. This should be one of the BIGGEST CONCERNS for the citizens of Malawi. You the PEOPLE, should be protesting AGAINST these WICKED DEMONIC killing, all the way to parlamentary offices of Malawi. YOU should be demonstrating on the STREETS, For your GOVERNMENT to implement LAWS to STOP the KILLING of innocent people. This DEMONIC witch DOCTOR NEED to BURN in HELL. Why in this modern TIME your LEADERS CONTINUE to LET the LIVES of the innocent being stuff out by EVIL PEOPLE? Are the people of Malawi that USELESS? Can't the citizens join FORCES with their government leaders and put a STOP to the KILLING of these people? Why is AFRICA and his people still LIVING in The dark Ages? Isin't there any civilized people in Malawi who can join FORCES with the LEADERS to stop this SENSELESS slaughtering of innocent LIVES? Bunch of cowards. The ALMIGHTY is GOING to strike the COUNTRY of Malawi and the Malawian people WITH his wrath, for the continuous wickedness AGAINST the innocent. The BLOOD of the innocent, has prevented your country from prosperity. Backyards LEADERS, backwards CITIZENS. You, the people, the LEADERS, and politicians of your country refuse to PROTECT the helpless ,the ALMIGHTY( God) is going leash HIS VENGEANCE UPON Malawian. Both the citizens and their LEADERS did NOTHING to STOP the KILLING of the innocent.
    WICKED, DEMONIC, BASTARDS of a people!!! Look OUT!! His judgements is COMING!!

  30. I think this was a crock of shit (not say it doesn't happen) if the villagers wanted them dead they be dead. They wouldn't just get tore shirts.

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