Deep concern over illegal underground mining in Zimbabwe
Residents of gold-rich Kwekwe fear the sinkholes that result will swallow the town, but the authorities have not resolved the crisis
The panicked screams, incessant shouting and pleas for help could be heard from a distance as Irene Chikasha walked into the schoolyard in the town of Kwekwe on the morning of March 16. Instinctively, the teacher at the Globe and Phoenix school sprinted in the direction of the commotion.
When she entered the classroom, she was shocked. Seventeen children, aged between 10 and 11, were stuck in the mouth of a sinkhole and desperately trying to get out. “It was as if the floor had swallowed the children and the desks and chairs were inside,” Chikasha tells the FM...
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