Ariel School - Ruwa Zimbabwe 1994

In 1994, a group of approximately 60 children aged 5 to 12 at Ariel School in rural Zimbabwe had a remarkable UFO experience.
While playing outside, they witnessed a large spaceship along with smaller craft hovering above them.
The spaceship eventually landed near their playground, and several beings emerged from it.

The children claimed that these creatures approached them, and the encounter lasted around 15 minutes.
Many of the children reported receiving telepathic messages from these beings.
The event was thoroughly researched and documented by various experts, including Pulitzer Prize-winning psychiatrist Dr. John Mack from Harvard, as well as the BBC and other media outlets.
Despite gaining international attention initially, the story quickly faded from public consciousness.
This incident has been considered significant due to its direct and reliable nature, making it one of the most notable close encounters in recent decades.



Professor John E. Mack, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his biography of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), was a highly respected psychiatrist.
However, when he began his research into the phenomenon of reported alien abductions, his scientific colleagues became suspicious.

When his book 'Abduction' was published in 1994, a committee was formed to investigate Mack's clinical due diligence and his investigations of people who shared their abductions with him.
According to the BBC, it was the first time in Harvard's history that a permanent professor had been subjected to such research.
After 14 months of research, Harvard issued the statement that the faculty president had reaffirmed Dr. Mack's academic freedom and that he could study what he wanted and present his opinion on it without hindrance.
But it is a fact that the majority of his short-sighted colleagues wanted him removed from the university and it was a close call whether Mack had indeed been fired.
The media wasn't exactly positive about Mack either. But somewhere at the top of Harvard was someone with more wisdom than intelligence and who made sure Mack could stay.
In 2004, while in London for a lecture, Mack was hit by a drunk motorist and died from the consequences.

"Ariel Phenomenon" was a planned documentary that revisits this extraordinary event through archival footage never before seen by the public including interviews with Dr. Mack, with the BBC reporter who was first on the scene as well as with other initial investigators, but is cancelled.

A new documentary is planned for 2020 named "The Phenomenon" and covers the Ariel School encounter with the original footage.
In this documentary, we will hear from many of the witnesses themselves, now in their late 20s and early 30s.
We will see and hear the journey that they have taken over the past twenty years and ultimately let you decide if you believe this event is true and if so, what that means for the future of our planet.
We'll keep you updated on "The Phenomenon" documentary  




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Emily Trim was one of those children at Ariel elementary school near the city of Ruwa in Zimbabwe.
She is also one of the children interviewed by Dr. John Mack, Harvard psychiatrist, shortly after the incident to record their extraordinary experience.
To this day, she says, the incident still affects her.

Emily explains that she was only a few feet away from these creatures and received messages from them.
She paints and draws mysterious and beautiful images that she believes are a manifestation of the messages she has received.

Many of the children have experienced that they have never really been believed by their environment and have suffered emotional and social damage as a result. Some of them also don't want to talk about it anymore.

In this video Emily Trim talks publicly about the first time at the Alien Cosmic Expo 2015.
Her emotional testimony reflects the depth of her personally moving experience as a child facing an alien.

The sound is not of the best quality, it is best to listen with headphones or earplugs.
The most relevant parts can be found in the transcription below.

So, on that day … I can only speak about my perspective and where I was.
Every child was in a different area of the playground.
But it was recess and broad daylight … and we were just doing our normal thing … playing games.
There were boundary lines along the property and one of the games my friend and I used to play was hopping on the boundary lines.

Then we heard a high pitch frequency sound, and — out side perspective — we saw a flash and a craft.

And it’s really hard to describe time at this point, so I don’t know how long this all happened.
All I can tell you is that two beings were hopping along beside Lisa and I. And … they were curious.
They weren’t touching the ground … they were almost like mimicking us.

All of a sudden they were in front of us. I describe them as being about arm’s reach.
And we were frozen.
Telepathic images started going across my face … communication through the eyes … that’s all I can really describe it as.
It was just image after image after image.

One of the other girls standing beside me, she got more communication about the environment, and, for me, mine was more technology.
I’ll just … I’ll never forget that day.

Question from the audience: Have you had any other experiences with the same being?
Emily: I don’t know if it’s the exact same being, but what I can say … Yes.

[Emily describing one of her paintings:] So when we were talking about the time of the event, which I depicted here.
I don’t know when I’m going to realize what I’m drawing. It just comes out.
For me, it’s like an energy that’s all around us that’s causing time to stop at that point.

Question from the audience: Could you explain what the other beings that have been coming to her, as far as you know, look like.
Emily: You mean when I’m having experiences?
I’ll just say that they can alter perception so they can change to make you almost feel a bit more comfortable with what you’ve seen.
The last encounter there were grays.
A face went back and forth between a being and lion.


Ariel School student Salma

An excerpt from former Ariel School student Salma's interview for the film Ariel School Phenomenon, in which she discusses both of her parents believing her after the sighting at her school in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in 1994.


Ariel School Phenomenon filmdirector Randall Nickerson

The director of the Ariel School Phenomenon film, Randall Nickerson, shares never-before-heard information about the young witnesses to the schoolyard sighting.

More on the Full Interview 05-19-2020 Randall Nickerson, The Ariel Phenomenon, Francis Chirimuuta, Direct Witness



Here is an interesting video from the Dutch Television about the 62 Zimbabwe children who witnessed two UFOs and Aliens in 1994.
It is a copy from a VHS videotape so the quality is not very good, but it is nevertheless very good to follow.
The lady who is interviewing the children is the Dutch TV hostess Tineke de Nooij who had a show about the paranormal back then.

You have to realize this happened in 1994.
Mainstream internet and movies were not an everyday thing for these kids to be able to draw out pictures and the circumstances involved, exactly as we have witnessed them today.
They have no idea what Greys look like yet they drew them out exactly as they should be.
Where did they pull these images/hallucinations from of what they saw. 62 kids having the same dream?
Mass hallucination? Don't think so. Kids are the best "truthers".

Its not within them to lie about these things. Especially when frightened.
Exactly what we now know today about the Greys, these kids said why they were here.
They telepathically told them that we are screwing up the planet/nature and need to take care off her.


UFO AfriNews on Ariel School

The UFO Afrinews series of booklets were first published in July 1988 .

UFO Afrinews was the lifework of Cynthia Hind, and would like to provide as much of the resources she spent years gathering and giving out virtually free to whoever was interested.
She has passed away just before the final copy (nr. 22) which was published in July 2000.
Editions 11 and 12 deal extensively with the events in Rura, Zimbabwe with interviews that have not been published anywhere else.
Just click the images to open these editions.




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