42 Malawian migrants suffocate in truck

2012-06-26 21:04

Dar es Salaam - Forty-two migrants from Malawi were found dead in a truck in central Tanzania, having perished from asphyxiation, Deputy Interior Minister Pereira Silima said on Tuesday.

"They died of suffocation and had no food," Silima said.

"There were more than 100 people in the truck," a local administration official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"After he had learnt of the dead bodies, the driver abandoned the truck and ran away."

The bodies were discovered in the truck in Dodoma province, about 400km west of Dar es Salaam.

In December, 20 Somali immigrants were found dead in Tanzania.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Isaac Nantanga said at the time that an increasing number of Ethiopians and Somalis were crossing the country to make their way to South Africa, the continent's top economy.

  • Muhammad - 2012-06-26 21:10

    These Malawian guys can do stupid things. I know them well I leave with them here in Natal. They are fools. My they rest in peace. If they did good of cos.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-26 21:13

      Idiot. I work with Malawians often and they are really nice people. Malawi is not called "the warm heart of Africa" for nothing. Take your Xenophobia and beat yourself over the head with it.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 21:14

      Please explain what you think makes Malawians particularly stupid

      Bulls - 2012-06-26 21:17

      I hope you not wrapping yourself with bombs, you ninja...

      cadogan - 2012-06-26 21:18

      insensitive Muhammad

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-06-26 21:27

      Muhammad,What a stupid comment. However I see you are all living together in fools paradise.

      minenhle.ndebele.7 - 2012-06-27 08:54

      you are fool yourself not the Malawians.

      Bonge - 2012-06-27 08:59

      Muhammad sounds like a foreign Islamic name. He is a kwerekwere and calls others stupid. Go back Muhammad to where you came from and leave us San people here.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 21:12

    Proves how we take for granted our relative well-being as South Africans.. Some people will do anything to escape their country, just do do menial, low-paying work far away from home. Africa is a tough continent

      Squeegee - 2012-06-26 21:31

      Johnc..B.. I'm amazed. You make sense tonight.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 21:39


      Christelle - 2012-06-26 22:38

      And how long do you think it will last. Not if you look at the way our leaders are talking - we do not appear to be overly happy with what we have, and that is the majority I am talking about now.. But as the new ANCYL says, we are used to being empoverished, if it gets worse and it is for the cause, it is ok. Wonder whether the Malawians thought like that a couple of decades ago too:-?(

  • Marinus - 2012-06-26 21:13

    This is so so so sad...

  • Cindy Gray - 2012-06-26 21:15

    May their Souls rest in Peace ,this is such terrible news .Its sad what people do to try and improve their living conditions ...I pray their families find some peace.Coz most migrate to seek employment to improve their lives and that of theor families

  • Bulls - 2012-06-26 21:20

    Our fellow Africans are dying looking for a piece of bread to survive...When will this come to an end AU? we are rich in minerals.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 21:26

      Not so much in brainpower

      Christelle - 2012-06-26 22:49

      It is very very sad and I feel for their families. One has to ask the question - the leadership? The voters? Did they have the same mindset a couple of decades ago like our current leadersthip and voters. Is this not they ultimate destiny of African countries!

  • Cindy Gray - 2012-06-26 21:22

    You know its sad when we Lose our humaness because of Xenophobia these were people @ the end of it all we could have been in the same situation and Malawian people are not problematic they are nice people yes we have lots of foreigner's from all over Africa that do terrible things but this surely you can have a heart a see this for what it truly is and that is a terrible Tragedy

  • william.g.shechambo - 2012-06-26 21:26

    So Sad!

  • siza.nala - 2012-06-26 21:57

    This is so touchy.. We are all human beings although we come from different cultures or race. There's only one Creator. What does AU do? This is tragic these people were escaping to find bread. May their soul rest in peace.

  • jan.crafford.94 - 2012-06-26 22:00

    So sad.Our prayers are with them.

  • WigzellRM - 2012-06-26 22:31

    As long as the world's destiny is in the hands of spineless idiots like the UN, this will happen.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-06-26 23:29

    RIP to those who lost their lives. On another note, this is absolute nonsense where others from the continent think they can just end up here and look for a job. I can understand if youre fleeing your country of birth fearing for your life due to political persecution etc. If this were the international norm that you could just go and find a job werever you prefer, then whats stopping the millions in SA from making their way to the west to go and try to make a living for themselves there. People, we have unemployment issues of our own in SA that we need to deal with!

  • benjaminmotto - 2012-06-27 04:09

    Very touching to loose human beings just like that, but i am trying to make sense of this this pple wants to go to the South from Malawi and they go to Tanzania thats North, i mean is this pple Malawians or were going to Malawi enroute to SA bcause that is what happens pple comes all the way from the east into Malawi to find a way to get to SA Not the otherway round please make me understand.

  • sylvester.kasawala - 2012-06-27 05:05

    Read Tanzanian sources, they were all from Ethopia

      sylvester.kasawala - 2012-06-27 05:17

      Read it on Tanzanian Daily News online. No Malawian died. All are Somalians

  • alexander.masozo - 2012-06-27 07:02

    So sad

  • terrence.naicker.1 - 2012-06-27 08:17

    The dude that can't spell live calls Malawians stupid ??? What really scares me is that S.A is the top economy in Africa. How bad is the rest of Africa ...?

  • eric.schollar - 2012-06-27 08:56

    Tragic indeed but I wonder why SA (last country to be liberated) has the largest economy in Africa? Mind you by the time the ANC/SACP/COSATU is finished with 'transformation' those of us not blessed enough to get a visa to Oz or USA will be stuffed in trucks trying to get into Malawi or Somalia.

  • ada.msiwa - 2012-06-27 09:18

    No i dont understand why 42 malawian migrants suffocate found in Dodoma, most malawian are in Dar not other part of Tanzania.. i gues not malawian but Somalians cant be Malawian found dead in Dodoma...Guyz from Dar please help on this issue.

  • bkasinja - 2012-06-27 10:22

    the story is not clear are these realy malawians or somalis and ethiopians treaking to malawi? is the gov of Tanzania reffusing responsibility because the people were on their way to Malawi?

  • bywell.chiwoni - 2012-06-27 11:38

    This is not true.its actually ethiopians who were going to Malawi. they came through Kenya in two trucks and they were off loaded in Arusha Tanzania where they were packed in a container with no windows.Malawians and Tanzanias easily pass through the boarders Kisimura(Tanzania) and Songwe in(Malawi).No need for a sophisicated risky plan as this. this news was on BBC Focus on Africa...Please get your facts straight.

  • mulatedzi.singo - 2012-06-27 15:46

    may their soul rest in peace,but pls goverment must hold hand to help so that this type of great loss must not happen again pls

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