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
Recovery is possible. Hang in there, brothers.