Ukraine-Russia war: Zambian family of slain student demands answers

  • Author, Pumza Fihlani
  • role, Journalist, BBC News
  • reports from Johannesburg


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Lemekhani Nyirenda

The death of a 23-year-old Zambian student who was recruited to fight for Russia in Ukraine has left her family devastated, her older sister told the BBC.

It’s not just his death, but the unanswered questions surrounding the young man’s sudden death in a foreign land.

Lemekhani Nyirenda was serving a drug-related prison sentence in Russia, but he was released and sent to the front line in Ukraine.

“We want to know how he was drafted without his family being informed? Was he forced?” asked Muzangalu Nyirenda.

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