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As Trash Avalanche Toll Rises in Ethiopia, Survivors Ask Why

“No one considered us worthy before a trash landslide in Ethiopia killed at least 113 people”

Criminal Negligence. Survivors of the Qoshe trash avalanche ask ‘could this tragedy have been prevented?’ (Credit: Mulugeta Ayene/Associated Press)

BY HADRA AHMED and JACEY FORTIN

At the moment when she lost her home and family, Hanna Tsegaye was spending her Saturday night with a neighborhood friend.

Around 8 p.m. on March 11, Ms. Hanna, 16, heard a strange sound, like rushing wind, and felt the ground shake beneath her feet. She rushed outside and saw that an enormous pile of garbage at a nearby landfill had collapsed.

Her home, which had been a couple of hundred yards from the trash heap, was buried. So were her parents and two siblings. Continue reading As Trash Avalanche Toll Rises in Ethiopia, Survivors Ask Why