By Alex Bell
SW Radio Africa
16 January 2014
There is still no sign of a Zimbabwean man who went missing during a hike up the Nyangani Mountain almost two weeks ago.
The search for 31 year old Zayd Dada entered its 13th day on Thursday.
He was last seen hiking up the mountain alone, after the group he was with decided to turn back to their holiday chalets. Dada chose to continue up the mountain but never returned.
Since then, search parties have been out almost every day trying to find him. With the assistance of Zimbabwe’s police, army and national parks officials, as well as volunteers from across the Southern African region, Dada’s family has been trying desperately to locate him.
The weather, which has ranged from clear and sunny one day to misty and rainy the next, has played havoc with search plans, which have repeatedly been suspended because of the conditions.
The state media reported that the weather is believed to be the main reason for Dada’s disappearance. The Herald reported Thursday that Dada is “feared to have died.”
But his family has expressed hope of still finding him.
His aunt Shehnila Mohamed told SW Radio Africa that “we will not give up hope until we find him or find out what happened to him.”
Support for the family and the search meanwhile continues to grow, and people are still encouraged to join the public Facebook group ‘Let’s Find Zayd’. More than 12,000 people from around the world have joined the group to offer prayers, financial assistance and more.