Mekanissa: Don Bosco Mekanissa is mourning for seven of its students who were killed in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump last weekend, on 11 March 2017. The tragedy left more than 115 people dead with entire families including children buried alive in the tragedy. According to the local news channels, the rescue operation is still going on.
Security personnel and rescuers are trying their level best to locate any possible survivors, while searching for the dead. Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the 30-hectare dump. Among the students from Don Bosco, were two from the center of Donato, one from the elementary school, two from the junior school, and two from the high school. Apart from this, one of the workers of Don Bosco lost his entire family including his parents and relatives, leaving him totally alone.
On Friday, 17 March the Don Bosco campus held a mourning ceremony to pray for the victims of the tragic accident. The entire campus consisting of more than 2000 students were seen to be living up in total silence to pay their homage to their companions, with lighted candles and bouquets of flowers. The scene was certainly very touching and many teachers found themselves without words to console the weeping students.
The landfill is the country's largest and home to perhaps hundreds of people who collected recyclables that were trucked in from neighbourhoods around the city of about 4 million people. Koshe, whose name means "dirt" in local slang, was closed last year by city authorities who asked people to move to the new dump site outside Addis Abeba, but opposition from people living near the new site forced authorities to reverse their decision.