Zambia: One survivor as police discover our bodies of 27 suspected Ethiopian nationals


Zambia’s police service says it’s investigating the deaths of 27 males, all believed to be Ethiopian nationals, whose our bodies had been discovered on Sunday “dumped” by the roadside close to the capital, Lusaka.

Police spokesman Danny Mwale mentioned in a press release {that a} whole of 28 victims had been discovered deserted alongside Chiminuka highway within the Ngwerere space of Lusaka.

Solely one of many males – who had been all aged between 20 and 38 years – survived, Mwale mentioned.

“Out of the 28 persons, one was found gasping for life,” the police assertion mentioned, including that the 27 our bodies had been transferred to a Lusaka morgue “awaiting formal identification and postmortem.”

The only survivor was taken to a hospital for remedy, the police mentioned.

Ethiopians are more and more taking determined measures to flee Africa’s second most populous nation, which has been within the grip of civil conflict for the previous two years.

Some Ethiopian nationals are lured with guarantees of job alternatives in South Africa however find yourself being held in dire circumstances, based on immigration officers cited by the Lusaka Occasions.

The most recent discovery comes lower than two months after police in neighboring Malawi discovered a mass grave that contained the stays of 25 Ethiopians in Malawi’s northern Mzimba district.

4 extra our bodies of Ethiopian nationals had been discovered “in a decomposed state” a day after, close to the positioning of the mass grave in Mzimba, Malawi’s police mentioned on the time.

Identical to Malawi, which has more and more change into a well-liked route for smuggling syndicates, Zambia has been described as each “a transit and destination country” for unlawful migrants from the Horn of Africa who go by way of the southern African nation with the goal of reaching South Africa.

In July, Zambia’s immigration officers intercepted greater than 50 Ethiopians who had been believed to have been smuggled into the nation on their strategy to South Africa.