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[Video] Zim soldiers didn’t help, tried to block us & lied about rescue: St Charles Lwanga students & teachers

St Charles Lwanga Seminary Secondary School students accuse Zimbabwean soldiers of refusing to help them and lying about the rescue operation after school was damaged by Cyclone Idai floods.

Here is a brief summary of what happened

  • On Friday evening the school was damaged by a landslide caused by Cyclone Idai floods
  • The landslide hit the dining hall first then damaged the dormitory trapping 15 students
  • Three people died (two students and a security guard)
  • Ran out of food and slept at the school on Saturday thinking the army would come to help them on Saturday
  • Went to Skyline on Sunday with three dead bodies after the Zimbabwe National Army didn’t pitch up as promised
  • The road to Skyline was dangerous and it was difficult to travel with 158 students and 14 teachers
  • At Skyline the soldiers refused to give them transport or accommodation saying they had come to carry dead bodies
  • They later walked to Seminary 2 on Saturday night to find a place to sleep
  • After reaching Seminary 2, some of the teachers walked back to the school to look for food and charge phones so that they can communicate
  • The teachers came back the next morning with food (it was stale) but soldiers still refused to give them transport
  • They walked 3km in frustration and that is when soldiers followed them and offered them transport
  • Saw reports on social media that they had received help from soldiers meanwhile they were still stuck at Skyline with soldiers refusing to help them

Watch as St Charles Lwanga students and teachers narrate what happened

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Posted by Community Radio Harare on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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