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Gabonese scholar killed in Turkey

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The loss of life of a Gabonese scholar in Turkey, confirmed by her embassy and her college, provokes sturdy emotion among the many African college students welcomed in growing numbers within the nation.

The physique of the younger girl, 18-year-old Jeannah Danys Dinabongho Ibouanga, was discovered on Saturday in a river close to a railway line, not removed from the College of Karabük (north) the place she was finding out mechanical engineering, report Turkish media.

In accordance with preliminary findings, the younger girl died “drowned” and no different accidents or traces of sexual violence have been recognized.

The precise reason for loss of life must be specified after an post-mortem, the report of which is anticipated “within the coming days”, signifies the non-public channel NTV.

Contacted by AFP, the Gabonese embassy in Ankara confirmed the loss of life of the younger girl on Wednesday, with out additional particulars however promising that she “will talk later”.

The Gabonese Ministry of International Affairs expressed, in a press launch learn on Gabonese tv, its “dismay and deep concern (after) the assassination of our compatriot”, specifying that its illustration in Turkey had acquired directions from demand an post-mortem and the opening of a judicial inquiry into this tragedy.

The rector of Karabük College printed a message of condolence on the institution’s web site, in Turkish and French, assuring that the younger girl was “a lot cherished by her buddies and professors”.

On Twitter, the hashtag #JusticepourDina unfold amongst African college students at her college, a number of dozen of whom demonstrated on the premises of the institution, brandishing portraits of the sufferer.

In a voicemail, billed on Twitter as a name from ‘Dina’ to her mom, the crying scholar pleaded along with her mom to let her go to Sakarya College, lower than two hours’ drive east from Istanbul: “There is no such thing as a racism there”, mentioned the younger girl.

Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deploys intense diplomatic and financial exercise in Africa, welcomes greater than 61,000 college students from the continent (in comparison with 40,000 in 2019), most of them benefiting from scholarships, indicated Turkish International Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu visited South Africa final month, in accordance with his remarks reported by the official Anadolu company.

The minister then underlined that Ankara noticed in schooling “the principle axis of cooperation with the continent”.