Burundian YouTube child star’s death spotlights malaria epidemic Aug 14, 2019 0 626 12345 REUTERSNAIROBIThe death of a six-year-old YouTube star from a malaria epidemic in Burundi has spotlighted the growing challenge of combatting malaria in a warmer world, health experts said on Tuesday.Darcy Irakoze - known as Kacaman - who was popular for his comedy performances on YouTube and in local theatres, died on Thursday after contracting the mosquito-borne disease in his home city of Gitega, east of the commercial capital Bujumbura.Neighbours in the tiny central African nation told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the primary school student had been suffering from fever for a few days and his mother had taken him to a local clinic, but he had died the following day.“The death of Kacaman is very tragic,” said Marshal Mukuvare of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).“We are losing many children to malaria - not just in Burundi, but across sub-Saharan Africa,” he said, adding that Burundi was struggling to stop mosquitoes breeding around homes and to provide bednets to protect people while sleeping.The young comic’s death has prompted a wave of tributes and sparked debate about malaria in Burundi, where the United Nations says it has reached “epidemic” proportions with almost 6 million cases and 1,800 deaths reported this year.“Another precious life lost,” tweeted James Elder, a regional spokesman for the UN children’s agency, Unicef. “Malaria robbed his future; as it does to a child every two minutes.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Ebola ‘no longer incurable’ as Congo trial finds drugs boost survival Aug 14, 2019 0 705 Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet Aug 14, 2019 0 463 Egypt hosts Sudan protest leaders ahead of landmark deal Aug 14, 2019 0 321 13 killed when cattle rustlers attack village in South Sudan Juba: At least 13 people were killed when a heavily-armed group attacked a village and stole hundreds of cattle in central South Sudan, a local official said. The attackers wounded seven others and stole about 230 cattle .. Houthi explosive-laden drone ‘fell’ inside Yemen: Saudi-led coalition DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said an explosive-laden drone launched on Tuesday by the group in the direction of Saudi Arabia had fallen inside Yemeni territory.The Iran-aligned Houthis .. Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son Jerusalem: Israel has deported a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son who has never set foot in the Philippines, after 11th hour legal appeals failed, a rights group and authorities said on Tuesday. .. Rebels repel Syrian government forces’ push into south Idlib Beirut: Syrian rebels managed to repel Syrian troops who tried to push into the southern countryside of north-western Idlib province on Tuesday as part of a campaign for key rebel-held areas, including the stronghold of .. Clashes kill 59 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor AFP Beirut Clashes between regime loyalists and insurgents in rebel-held northwest Syria killed 59 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda .. Iran reports uranium enrichment has reached 4.5% TEHRAN: Iran says it has enriched 370 kilogrammes of uranium to a concentration of 4.5 percent, both of which would be in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal reached with global powers. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for ..