From Stranded in the Heart of Darkness...
"Red-shirted man speaks once more. In turn, I gaze at the interpreter, await his translation.
“You have fought and killed many men?” he hesitantly asks.
I shake my head.
“No,” I say, taken aback. “I have never killed anyone.”
“In the voodoo culture,” the translator goes on, “men who are able to wear such a band are considered to be powerful fighters.” Now gesturing towards the red-shirted man. “This man here envies you for your power.”
In 2009, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vincent Zandri traveled to Benin, Africa to report on the work being done on a hospital ship docked at the Port of Cotonou. During the two week mission, Zandri went into the bush to inspect a new agricultural center being constructed there. A seemingly simple enough assignment. But what he encountered instead was trouble when the 4X4 he and his fixer were driving became hopelessly struck in a swamp. The rescue that occurred later would come not in the form of EMTs or the fire brigade, but instead a group of voodoo practicing natives.
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