About 900 people still live in emergency care after the devastating explosion in Equatorial Guinea a week ago. Several countries have now sent emergency aid. Little is clear about the cause of the explosion.
It was nothing less than a wave of fire, Jesus Nguema Nguema looks back at the disaster. His district in the port city of Bata was almost completely destroyed by the explosion. The father of seven children was not home at that time. He tells the news agency Reuters that it is a miracle that his children managed to “get out of that burning furnace”. The family now lives in an emergency shelter, just like 900 others. There are also children who have lost their families.
The explosion killed 107 people and 612 inhabitants were injured. The last week, emergency aid started. The Israeli army employs medical personnel and helps African engineers to investigate the cause of the explosion. Former colonizer Spain sent aid and today the government signed a relief agreement with Venezuela, with which it has warm ties because of the oil trade.
The explosion was at a military base in Bata. President Obiang says it has something to do with unsafe storage of dynamite. Farmers would have fired fire in the neighborhood. Hes announced a major investigation.
A youth platform in the country prefers an independent, international investigation into the disaster because young people distrust the regime. Obiang has been ruling with hard hands for forty years and freedom is hardly for ordinary people. Human Rights Watch also calls for an independent investigation.
With almost 200,000 inhabitants, Bata is the largest city and at the same time the economic centre of Equatorial Guinea. According to the president, almost all buildings in the city have been damaged.