Zambia Police Find Bodies of 27 Suspected Ethiopian Migrants

Zambian police discover 27 bodies suspected to be Ethiopian nationals “dumped” in farming area.
The mass grave in Mtangatanga Forest Reserve in the nothern district of Mzimba
| Photo Credit: theguardian

Zambian police said Sunday that the bodies of 27 men, believed to be migrants from Ethiopia, were dumped in a farming area on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, authorities said.

Police investigations indicate the bodies “all males aged between 20 to 38 were dumped in Ngwerere area of Lusaka by unknown people,” police spokesperson Danny Mwale said in a statement.

“They are all believed to be Ethiopian nationals,” Mwale added.

A sole survivor was found alive in the early morning and rushed to a Lusaka hospital for treatment, while the dead were transported to the mortuary for identification and post-mortems to determine the exact cause of death, according to police.

The 27 bodies were found by residents after they were “dumped”, police said, adding they were “suspected to have died of hunger and exhaustion.”

Migrants from East Africa use Zambia as a transit route to South Africa illegally, one of the continent’s largest economies that acts as a magnet for the poorest people on the rest of the continent.

The bodies of 30 suspected Ethiopian migrants were found in Malawi in October.

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