Patricia Kamuriwo, the woman shot during this week’s protests whose image circulated widely on social media in Zimbabwe is confirmed to be recovering and in good spirits. Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights representatives said this today that the woman was operated on yesterday evening (16 January 2019) and that she was on her way to recovery.
There were fears and news was spreading fast that the woman had died. However, ZADHR’s Edgar Munatsi and Norman Matara confirmed via social media that she is well.
This is not true. She is stable and recovering well after the surgery, we (ZADHR) have just seen her moments ago. She is stable and appreciating our efforts. While the gvt's gross violation of human rights is evident, spreading fake news is not the way.@dewamavhinga @DeproseM https://t.co/12pYcJDAcS
— Edgar Munatsi (@MunatsiEdgar) January 17, 2019
Guys stop spreading fake news. This woman is our patient. Saw her just now (7pm). Had a successful operation yesterday evening. Is recovering and is in fine spirit. @LynNemudonhi @Itairusike @Mathuthu @fide2mun @chirembawa https://t.co/7p96wf3RrJ
— Norman Matara (@nomara007) January 17, 2019
The woman was reportedly one of several people shot on Monday 14 January in Epworth after security forces responded heavily to protests in the residential area. Her deep and wide thigh wound attracted criticism to the security forces’ heavy handed approach.
5 people are said to have died in the skirmishes and the door to door raids by the security forces that has been going on since Monday.