Windhoek — A 13-year-old girl Lydia David is believed to be 'possessed' by demons. She suffers from a strange affliction that causes her to vomit stones, bones, human hair and braids, mahangu grain, thorns, soap and other objects.
According to her elder sister Mwaala Shilongo, David started fainting and sleeping a lot longer than normal last December. She apparently would sleep for the entire day and only wake up the next day. Concerned relatives say she screams, kicks and fights in her sleep.
"Around December 5 she began sweating all over her body, and foam mixed with a lot of saliva came out of her mouth. We thought she was suffering from epilepsy. But when we took her to the hospital, doctors could not diagnose her ailment.
They took blood samples and even X-ray plates, but could not see anything wrong with Lydia. They only told us that she must drink a lot of water," said the concerned sister.
To weeks following her visit to the doctor she started experiencing fainting spells, during which she would flail on the ground with foam coming out of her mouth.
"We saw her vomiting a lot of waste including huge stones. If the stones were large then she would struggle to vomit them, but if they are smaller then she does not struggle. These stones come out of her mouth completely dry. They are not coated in saliva or anything. They would be stuck in her mouth for more than 40 to 50 minutes," the elder sister explained.
David apparently started demanding only Oshikandela milk or Hungry Lion. "Once she drinks the milk and eats Hungry Lion (chicken) she starts to vomit the stones and all sorts of waste, including soap, human hair and plaited braids," said Shilongo.
Since she could not find any help at the hospital relatives decided to call in the help of a pastor from the Jesus Christ Military Church in the One Nation squatter settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek to come and pray for her last week Tuesday.
The prayers however had no effect on her condition and she even started vomitting more stones. Shilongo says her sister is suffering a lot and they are afraid because of the strange and scary things that she vomits.
When New Era visited their shack in the Goreagab location in Katutura, this reporter was shown some of the stones, hair, bits of newspaper and cellotape which she vomitted last week Thursday.
The sister also said David, a Grade 6 learner at Havana Primary School sometimes vomits reddish meat bones, mahangu grain, sewing thread and her own beads, which she had not worn for many years, which is baffling relatives and neighbours, who now believe that she is possessed by an evil spirit.
"The strange thing is also that we have mahangu grain in our house that we normally pound. We are confused and do not know if a 'ghost' is in our house or not. When her behaviour starts we call the neighbours to come assist in holding her, because at such times, she is very strong and even beats us. We always have to prevent her from leaving the shack when she gets those fits, because it is dangerous," Shilongo says.
"After she vomits she will sleep for the whole day. Her strange behaviour normally starts at 06h00 until 12h00 the next day," she said.
Shilongo described her sister as a talented and intelligent girl, who performs very well at school and who always comes first in class.
"She always passes with good marks and is always number one, maybe someone bewitched her because of her intelligence. Attempts to get a comment from the pastor, Haiyambo Filip, proved futile.