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Ethiopia: “Resurrected” man finally dies

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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In November 2018 a man pronounced dead in Ethiopia shocked mourners when he turned out to be alive inside a coffin.

Relations of the man Hirpha Negero from a village in the Sibu Sire district in the central Oromia region at the time celebrated his reported ‘resurrection’.

Local media reported then that Mr. Hirpha was placed in a coffin by village undertakers and was ready to be buried when mourners heard a knock inside the coffin.

One of the undertakers Etana Kena told the BBC at the time that ‘‘People were shocked and ran away, I couldn’t get anyone to help me.”

He said “I have buried more than 50 or 60 bodies. I have never anything seen like this before. He seemed to be dead.”

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Mr Hirpha himself told the BBC that while in the coffin he “heard someone crying. I was suffocating and trying to tear away the shroud. I was so weak, unable to speak out.”

But Kena this week confirmed that Negero has finally died. This time round the family waited for a day to pass to be sure that indeed he had died.

Kena told the BBC that this time he is certain of his nephew’s death since he suffered a long illness.


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