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17 Feb 2009 description



South Africa: child dies in fire at Klerksoord camp

On 14 February in the early hours of the morning, a six-year-old girl died in a fire which burned down the makeshift shelter built by her Burundian parents. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Eye witnesses heard screams coming from the shack and saw neighbours running to get water to extinguish the fire. According to local police, the small girl, Mbonayo Mauwa, was asleep with her mother and 10-month-old sibling at the time of the fire.

03 Apr 2008 description
report IRIN

LIVINGSTONE, 3 April 2008 (IRIN) - South Africa cut a lone figure in Zambia's tourist capital of Livingstone as the only African country not to endorse a global ban on the use of all cluster munitions.

Africa's economic powerhouse and the continent's leading arms producer was the odd one out following a two day meeting of 39 African countries, which on 1 April, endorsed the Livingstone Declaration calling for the eradication of all cluster munitions.

Cluster munitions were first used by the former Soviet Union during the Second World War and quickly became part of …