One of the most famous, credible, and well-documented UFO cases of all time is the Ariel School sightings in Zimbabwe, Africa from 1994. Sixty two schoolchildren witnessed strange short gray beings with big black eyes land in a flying saucer. Some of the child witnesses continue to speak out to this day about the event, including Emily Trim and Selma Siddick:
Siddick ("SS") recently did an exciting "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit along with film director Randal Nickerson ("RN"), and TexasUFOs has read through all of it and included the highlights right here:
1. Could child witnesses have developed "false memories" about the sighting?
SS: Thanks for bringing this theory up. Sure - I'm not perfect. Memory is fallible. But I do remember it quite vividly, as best as possible. Re: last question: my confidence stems from the belief in my experience that i had with other classmates who were a part of the experience. The experience that I had and what I saw was unlike anything I've ever seen since. RN: false memory from one person, sure. But from 62 or more? Even with mass hysteria, the story would change over time, at least with some of the witnesses. There wouldn't be so much detail in their own memories. And each child tells it from their own viewpoint, slightly differently.
2. What message or mission could the aliens have had?
SS: thanks for your question. I'm not sure what the purpose of the visitation was - the 11 year old me was asked the same questions by the media, but I had no idea then and no idea now!
3. What did the aliens look like?
SS: I saw a being that was 3-4 feet, no hair on any part of his body that i could see. With as best as I can describe a scuba diving suit, and really big, captivating eyes. I wasn't interviewed by Mack - but I do remember meeting him.
4. Was an alien seen running around on top of the flying saucer?
RN: It was reported by several students at the time, yes. SS: I don't have time for that...ha ha! lol. I meant time had slowed down incredibly slow. It was as though everything was moving slowly, at least it seemed to be. Hard to put into words.
5. What's the latest?
We're focused on finishing the film right now and fundraising is still crucial. We're looking for ways to reach the more main stream audience when we do the media push. I agree, this film has the potential to broaden our conversation about these types of events. All the witnesses will be a big part of that.-
You can watch further testimony from Siddick in the interview, and also watch the original 1998 interviews from the child witnesses, below: