By Marissa G. Muller
Thirty-three people have died at a rap concert in Conakry, Guinea.
The victims, including 11 children between the ages of 10 and 17, were trampled by thousands of attendees rushing to leave through a single exit on Tuesday (July 29), according to the AFP.
The tragic incident occurred after Instinct Killers and Banlieuzart took the stage. Their performances were intended as celebrations for the end of Ramadan, the month-long holy Muslim holiday.
After Instinct Killers stopped playing, the crowd rushed to get out but was blocked by a rope. “People at the back began pushing and people fell, creating a mass panic,”A police source told the AFP.
Another police source described the single exit as being a mere “three metres [wide]” while “thousands of people and vehicles were trying to get out at the same time” and said the concert’s security team was both small and under-trained.
In addition to the 33 deaths, 58 people were treated for minor injuries. Devastatingly, this news comes after reports that Guinea has lost 300 people this year due to an Ebola outbreak.
Guinea president Alpha Conde has suspended the country’s public events agency pending an investigation and announced a national week of mourning.