I’ve heard of organized protests to derail political visits, but this is something else entirely. While visiting the African country of Malawi (formerly Nyasaland), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was suddenly attacked by an angry swarm of bees. According to the Christian Post, Clinton was there to meet with President Joyce Banda in order to pledge support to the country’s agricultural programs. Perhaps the bees know something officials don’t?
“There was a slight panic as the bees winged across the airport,” an eyewitness explained to the Nyasa Times. “People could be seen running away to keep cover as the Secretary of State swiftly boarded her plane to avoid any stings.”
FOX News reports that this peculiar scene, which seems like something lifted straight out of a SyFy original movie, took place during Clinton’s farewell gathering at Kamuzu International Airport. The stopover in Malawi is a part of the Secretary of State’s 11-day African tour.
In addition to receiving approximately $200 million from the United States to help fund health, education, agriculture, economic growth, and governance, Malawi also received support from such programs as Feed the Future Initiative, Global Health Initiative, Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Malaria Initiative, and the Global Climate Change Initiative.
Clinton’s trip through China is expected to end on August 10 in Ghana, where she will attend the funeral of that country’s fallen president, John Atta Mills.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Hillary has been threatened by folks — be it insect or otherwise — while paying a visit to a foreign land. According to the Christian Post, Clinton’s motorcade was met with angry protestors while entering the city of Alexandria. The irritated individual, who weren’t above throwing tomatoes at security, repeatedly chanted “Monica, Monica” as she attempted to navigate the city streets. Monica, of course, is a reference to her husband’s infamous mistress.
Compared to that, bees probably don’t sound too bad.