Category: Africa


How come their children are thin and starving? Wouldn’t a real mother feed their children first?

If you have one child and your brother has seventeen, who is more likely to bury their children during a drought or famine?

The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores.

The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times.

South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post even went so far as to speculate the reason behind exporting human meat is due to China’s overpopulation, suggesting the country is unable to find space to bury its dead.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming issued a statement on Chinese State Media, saying: “Today a local tabloid newspaper is openly spreading a rumour, claiming that the Chinese use human meat to make corned beef and sell it to Africa.

“This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us. We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act.”

Zambia’s deputy defence minister Christopher Mulenga has vowed the government will launch an investigation into the damaging reports.

He said: “The government of Zambia regrets the incident in view of the warm relations that exist between Zambia and China.

“We shall make sure that relevant government authorities will take up the investigations and give a comprehensive statement.”

Source: China denies exporting cans of human meat to African supermarkets | Africa | News | The Independent

NAIROBI: Kenyan rescuers pulled an 18-month-old toddler alive from the rubble of a six-storey building on Tuesday, four days after the block collapsed killing 23 people, police said.

“Good news!” Kenya Red Cross said. “A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours (0100 GMT) and referred to Kenyatta National Hospital.”

The Red Cross said the little girl was found “in a bucket wrapped in a blanket” and was dehydrated but without visible physical injuries.

She had been there for 80 hours since the building, which was home to 150 families crammed into single rooms, collapsed on Friday night.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome called it a “miracle” and said the emergency services were continuing their rescue efforts.

Police said the death toll from the tragedy rose to 23 on Tuesday after two more bodies were found.

Located in the poor, tightly-packed Huruma neighbourhood, the building had been slated for demolition after being declared structurally unsound.

 

But an evacuation order for the structure, which was built near a river just two years ago, was ignored.

 

Five people are to appear in court on Tuesday to face manslaughter charges over the incident.

Source: Toddler rescued 4 days after Kenya building collapse – Times of India

Kenya’s National Disaster Management Unit has confirmed that 16 people have died and 73 are still missing after a building collapsed on Friday.

Rescuers are continuing to look for survivors in the building, which had been declared unfit for human habitation and did not have an occupancy permit.

Police have ordered the owner to turn themselves in for questioning.

Last updated Sun 1 May 2016

Source: Fatalities rise to 16 in Kenya building collapse – ITV News

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