So, it turns out that politicians in Gabon are sacrificing children and mutilating their genitals in ritual sacrifices, according to Reuters:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2008/04/21/killing_children_a_political_ritual.html

The story mentions that Omar Bongo has ruled oil-rich Gabon since 1967.

In a completely unrelated fact, the Order of Malta established diplomatic relations with Gabon in 1963:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_the_Sovereign_Military_Order_of_Malta
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