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WATCH | I couldn’t leave her behind: mom on throwing baby to safety

The video has become a symbol of the plight Durban faced this week. Here’s the terrifying story behind it

Siyabonga Sishi

A two-year-old girl survived unharmed after her mother threw her to safety as they escaped a burning high-rise building in Durban during protests.

The mother, 26-year-old Naledi Manyoni, said she had been on the 16th floor when the fire started on Tuesday. She ran down the stairs with her daughter.

Manyoni made her way to a ledge above the street and tossed the toddler to a group of people below as bystanders cried out in consternation.

“After throwing her, I held my head in shock, but they caught her,” Manyoni recalled outside the building as her daughter sat on her shoulders. “She kept saying: ‘Mama you threw me down there.’ She was scared.

“What was important was for my daughter to be out of that situation ... I couldn’t escape alone and leave her behind,” she said as the girl, dressed in a red coat and hood, babbled and clapped her hands.

– Reuters


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