Violent backlash after a roaring blaze

The building has been sealed off as a crime scene after the fire in Johannesburg. — ©️2023 The New York Times Company

TWO days after escaping a roaring blaze by slithering down a curtain with his 15-month-old daughter strapped to his chest, and hours after burying two fellow Malawians who didn’t survive, Yasini Kumbasa was stopped in downtown Johannesburg by police officers demanding to see his passport.

He’d lost just about everything in the fire, but the officers were unmoved when he tried to explain that his passport was destroyed.

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