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AUC Attempts to Deport a Yemeni Student to His Death

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The American University of Cairo has been under fire during the weekend after news stories circulated online in regard to the deportation of a former Yemeni student.

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It all started when Najm Al Iryani, the former student, posted a long and detailed Facebook appeal saying he was in the airport being forced to go back to Yemen, with security forces accompanying him until he boards on the airplane. He also posted screenshots of emails exchanged between him and the AUC over the case.

Najm mentioned in the post his reluctance toward posting. However, he said he had no choice after being trapped by security forces in the airport and he has to appeal help from anyone.

Najm, who was granted a scholarship to complete his higher studies in the AUC before being dismissed, appealed in the post to anyone who can help and stop his deportation to a war-zone, where he is possibly going to be killed. Najm also mentioned that all his family members; his sisters and parents were killed in Yemen, which does not give him a place to go if he went back to the country.

In the post, Najm went to mention all the suspicious circumstances he had been facing recently, from security forces raiding his dorm earlier in the weekend and searching through his personal stuff, to seizing his passport and preventing him from going out the university campus so he will not try to escape deportation.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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