Families of stadium crush victims struggle with grief

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Eight people were killed in a stampede on Monday at Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé. The crush at the gates of the football venue, where Cameroon were hosting Comoros in an Africa Cup of Nations match, also left at least 38 injured, some critically. Victims’ families are struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss of loved ones. FRANCE 24’s team in Cameroon filed this report.

“My husband was not only my husband. He was my boyfriend, my friend, my everything,” said an inconsolable Rosalie Mbom, grieving for her 65-year-old husband Moïse, who died in Monday’s stampede. She is one of many coming to terms with deep loss after Monday’s stadium tragedy.

In Cameroon, FRANCE 24 learned about the trauma of the incident from victims, their loved ones and a doctor treating the many wounded.

Authorities are investigating the causes of the deadly incident at Olembe Stadium, and the Confederation of African Football has suspended the use of the venue until further notice.

FRANCE 24’s Claudia Nsono, Tony Menga and Michel Mvondo have this report from Yaoundé. To watch, click on the player above.


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