Fear has been growing since the beginning of September in Malawi, Africa, where several people were killed due to a vampire mass hysteria. The situation reached the point when people are afraid to give blood, globoport.hu reports. Blood shortage causes serious problems for the Hungarian neurosurgeons currently working in Malawi.
As a part of its 17th medical and 3rd surgical mission, the African-Hungarian Union (AHU) sent Hungarian neurosurgeons to perform operations in Malawi, Africa. The surgeons started to receive less blood than it is needed for the surgeries due to the growing vampire mass hysteria that spread along Africa’s South-Eastern country. According to Csaba Szeremley from the Hungarian Trade & Cultural Centre (HTCC),
blood shortage is caused by the growing fear of vampires, and blood donor centres are too afraid to send associates to the rural areas of Malawi because of the lynch mob attacks,
What is this vampire scare?
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, and belief in witchcraft is not uncommon in the rural parts of the country.
Recently, there has been a growing number of rumours in Malawi about people who drink human blood as a part of some kind of ritual.
These stories of blood sucking people made others believe in the existence of vampires.
This mass hysteria is very dangerous for many reasons. First of all, it has triggered mob violence in the form of lynch mob attacks.
People voluntarily took it upon themselves to punish people whom they suspect to be bloodsuckers, thus leading to the murder of innocent people.
Several people were killed in these attacks. The government even ordered a curfew between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., but, unfortunately, the number of attacks did not decrease. Hundreds of people got arrested, but the situation does not seem to get better.
As a direct result of the vampire scare, the United Nations (UN) pulled its staff out of certain districts of Malawi where lynch mob violence killed a number of people.
The vampire scare also causes severe problems for the doctors working in Malawi. A group of Hungarian neurosurgeons working in Blantyre (Malawi’s centre) said that even though they do not observe the vampire crisis directly (because the area where they live is completely peaceful), effects of the vampire scare are apparent in the hospital they work at. Shortage of blood is the biggest problem which resulted in the delay of an important surgery.
If you would like to know more about the 17th medical and 3rd surgical mission of the AHU, here you can read about the group of Hungarian neurosurgeons’ first week working in Malawi, Africa.