Eight unclaimed bodies buried in mass grave

27 Jun 2013 10:10
SAUYEMWA, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - Eight dead people who have been laying in the Rundu State Hospital since 2011 without being claimed by their relatives, were buried in a mass grave at the Sauyemwa Cemetery on the outskirts of Rundu on Thursday.
Four of the deceased persons are known through hospital records, but still no relatives came forth to claim their bodies for burial.
The four are a baby named Cecilia Markos, who was apparently born in Angola but died in the Rundu State Hospital, Albertina Matheus, age unknown, who was apparently from the Kaisosi informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu; as well as Kashe Musinga, a female from Angola.
The other body is that of a Zimbabwean national known on his health passport as Nelson Madhuku who died in the Rundu State Hospital in 2011.
Three corpses were discovered dead by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at different places in the region, while one coffin contained human bones accidentally dug up by construction workers at the Ruuga village early this year.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in the Kavango Region bought the eight coffins at a cost of N.dollars 8 000 to bury the deceased persons in a dignified manner.
Some sympathisers from the Sauyemwa informal settlement witnessed the burial ceremony.
Rundu Town Councillor Daniel Lilenga who spoke on behalf of Rundu Rural West Constituency Councillor Rosa Kavara during the mass funeral, urged people to care and love one another through difficulties, such as when they are sick or bedridden in hospital.
Kavara also thanked the residents who witnessed the burial of people whom they don?t even know, saying they have demonstrated a sense of love and care.