The government will erect shrines at sites where missing victims of the Cyclone Idai disaster are believed to be buried. This, the government said, will provide a dignified farewell to families of the deceased.
Said Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana to NewZimbabwe.com:
I am not sure how many shrines there will be in total but there are 42 to 43 sites that were indicated by Cadaver dogs.
It’s going to be very difficult to excavate those sites to bring out bodies because it may damage bodies, which is less dignified than to make those sites burial shrines which is why the government is going to make a decision on where the burial sites will be and obviously during all that we speak to the families that are involved.
It’s a commemoration, it’s immortalising the people that have passed on because they don’t fade away. When somebody disappears and are considered dead, in our culture people find something monumental to bury