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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
26 | WORLD SUFFERING | My son is still missing and my wife has a broken arm, says one of the victims Despair stalks Burundian flood survivors as relief effort raised Rescuers find the bodies of two more children days after deluge BY HELEN VESPERINI BUJUMBURA, Wednesday E sperance Niyonzima, a young mother, was curled up asleep with her newborn baby, rain pounding on the tin roof of her house, when she heard a terrible thudding noise. “A massive wave washed us both out of the house. My baby was washed away — I wasn’t able to hang onto him. We found the body down there at the bottom of the hill,” she recounted, still struggling to come to terms with her loss. Ms Niyonzima, 21, lives in Gatunguru, a settlement on the northeastern outskirts of Burundi’s capital Bujumbura and the part of the city hardest hit by the torrential rain that lashed the capital on Sunday and Monday. Burundi’s Red Cross said 60 bodies had been found by Monday afternoon, most of them children, either drowned in freak floods or crushed when their homes collapsed on top of them. A further 80 people were injured. On Tuesday rescuers found the bodies of two more children, little girls of around 10, local residents said. “A great wall of water came from over there, transporting stones, trees, mud and I don’t know what else. It came from the hills up there and it washed away everything in its path,” said Jean Ngeze, a local manual worker. He pointed to a channel some 40 metres wide left by DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 BOOST EU could lift Zimbabwe sanctions this month Page 28 Clashes erupt at opposition party protest in S. Africa JOHANNESBURG, Wednesday Clashes occurred on Wednesday as South Africa’s largest opposition party attempted to protest near the ruling party’s headquarters here. The brick-carrying supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) stormed the march launched by the largest opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) in central Johannesburg, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported. The ANC supporters hurled bricks at the DA members, who had to stop its march to the ANC headquarters for “real jobs” after police warned that it was too dangerous for the DA to continue its march. Many police officers have been deployed to maintain the order of the city. Threw petrol bombs A group of the ANC supporters MANY HIT Thousands homeless 1 The Red Cross has counted more than 1,000 homes washed away and estimates that some 10,000 people have been made homeless. who had to be interred straight away on Monday. bills for the injured and to re-house those left homeless. 2 3 the water as it rushed through the settlement sweeping away houses, cars, people and furniture as it went. Large rocks, chunks of concrete and bits The government has also promised to pay hospital The authorities bore the cost of burying 60 victims PHOTO | AFP A woman breastfeeds her child next to the rubble of her house a day after flooding and landslides hit the capital Bujumbura. of furniture protrude from the mud. Houses are still standing on either side of the channel, although their foundations have been weakened. “We were at home when the water came. It washed away whole houses, people... it’s a nightmare,” Speciose Ntirampeba recounted in a still trembling voice, her face bruised and cut by bricks that the giant wave flung at her. Ntirampeba, a widow of 53, has been left with nothing. “Even the clothes I’m wearing were given to me by friends,” the mother of 10 told AFP, pointing to a cotton wrap-around skirt. Mr Dieudonne Nzeyimana, 33, saw his two children washed away. His daughter was found alive the following morning with just superficial injuries. “My son is still missing and my wife has a broken arm,” he said, despair mounting in his voice. “I’ve lost my house, the little shop I had, my money, everything.” “Tell the good Samaritans, tell the authorities to come and help us, otherwise we’ll soon die of hunger,” he said. The authorities bore the cost of burying 60 victims who had to be interred straight away on Monday because the city’s mortuaries did not have enough room for so many bodies. The small central African nation’s government has also promised to pay hospital bills for the injured and to re-house those left homeless, but victims said they had so far seen little action. The Red Cross has counted more than 1,000 homes washed away and estimates that some 10,000 people have been made homeless. (AFP) TO COMMENT ON THESE AND OTHER STORIES GO TO www.nation.co.ke threw petrol bombs at police, who fired stun grenades at the ANC supporters as they run towards the DA marchers, the report said. ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the gathering of the ANC members in town was merely trying to protect the ruling party’s headquarters, stressing the ruling party had asked its members to refrain from carrying bricks. On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced that the fifth national general elections in South Africa will be held in May. The last voter registration was conducted over the weekend. The upcoming general elections will pick the new parliament and president. The fourth general elections after the apartheid ended in 1994 was held in April 2009. ANC leader Zuma was sworn in as president of South Africa in May. ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu accused the DA of being provocative, saying they were accompanied by private security guards “armed to the teeth.” (Xinhua) Al-Shabaab fighters ought to be killed on the spot, says mayor BY ABDULKADIR KHALIF NATION Correspondent MOGADISHU, Wednesday Mr Mohamud Ahmed Nur alias TarMayor Ahmed Nur zan, the Mayor of the Somali capital Mogadishu said yesterday that Somali security personnel and the general public should kill fighters of Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group, wherever they find them. Mayor Nur was speaking at a function held at Howlwadag District in Mogadishu on Tuesday. In front of a large audience, the mayor questioned why the city was continuously experiencing terror, fear and opposition to its development. “I am surprised that Mogadishu is facing such great opposition to its stability and the progress being made by its inhabitants,” he said. The mayor was reacting to dou- ble explosions that rocked parts of Mogadishu on Monday and killed a government officer. The outspoken mayor asked his audience where on earth Al-Shabaab fighters that are sized are taken. “Can you tell me where Al-Shabaab terrorists that are seized are kept?” Further, Mr Nur urged those who seize Al-Shabaab militants to kill them on the spot. “Since these elements are determined to kill everyone at will, the security forces should eliminate them on spot and mobs should stone them to death,” proposed the mayor. He added: “Everybody should take whatever weapons they can and fight the fanatical group.” Further, Mayor Nur requested mem- bers of the public to let the security agents know about Al-Shabaab hiding in the city. The mayor’s remarks were contrary to the messages usually given by AlShabaab leaders to the Somali public. The hardline clergymen with alle- giance to Al-Qaeda often urge Somali men and women to join the jihad.
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