Anniversaries | 13 years since Zambian air crash

Ndola, Zambia | Columnist Christeter Macha of the Times of Zambia finds that Africans of many stripes remain scarred by the 28 April 1993 Buffalo CT 15 crash that killed 30 off the coast of Libreville, Gabon, including 18 players of Zambia’s national team. Booksellers, filling-station attendants and journalists testify that the effects of the disaster spread beyond Zambia. In Libreville, Joe Ombuor writes in The Nation (Nairobi),

The swish of the water lapping on the shore a few metres away from the pillow on which my head rested as I slept at night constantly reminded me of the tragedy to the extent that my very dreams contained clips of the plane going down with the players in its belly.

The government and football association have been trying to lobby for a more upbeat tone to remembrance services, but they face opposition from relatives. “No one should dictate to us ways of remembering our people,” widow Joyce Chabala tells BBC Sport.

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