Joshua, Chimanimani – Cyclone Idai

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The Story

Joshua, 45, sits for a portrait with a spade, after he had been digging in the rubble, searching for one of his children who was swept away when their house was taken in the landslide caused after Cyclone Idai, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on March 28, 2019.

Cyclone Idai was the second-deadliest tropical cyclone on record in the Southern Hemisphere, killing more than 1,300 people across three countries. Extensive flooding damaged land and wiped away harvests and destroyed seed stocks.

Joshua and his wife were sleeping with their two year old baby in one room, whilst their three other children were sleeping in another room, when the landslide tore through the town. “We were sleeping when we heard a large noise,” he said. They ran out of the house with the baby, but didn’t manage to save their three other children, who were swept away. Two days later, they found two of their children, and have been looking for their third child ever since.

Joshua, Chimanimani – Cyclone Idai

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