Missing hiker's family appeals for help

HARARE - The family of  Zayd Dada, who went missing in the Inyangani Mountains exactly one week ago have appealed to the local and international community for help.

Rayaaz Dada, his elder brother, has asked for professional trackers, mountain climbers and hikers to come forward and assist the family in their search for his 31-year-old brother who went missing while on a hiking expedition with family and friends.

He said the search parties’ efforts had been hampered by rain and fog while the complexity of the terrain had made rescue efforts difficult.

Rayaaz said there was a need for people with experience in high angle rock search and rescue, mountaineering and hiking as well as thermal scanning units which would help immensely in the search for Zayd.

“We are appealing for anyone who can help us to come forward. Time is of the essence and we are getting desperate. We need to find Zayd,” he added.

There are at least 80 people on the ground searching for Zayd but that there is need for many more feet on the ground.

“While we are so grateful to all the volunteers who have come forward and are helping us we still need many more and, more importantly, we need people with the requisite experience and equipment to help us find Zayd.”

Rayaaz said his family, and especially his mother and Zayd’s wife Neelam were distraught and beside themselves with worry, but he said they would never ever give up in their search for his brother.”

“We know Zayd is somewhere out there. He is lost and probably exhausted and injured. We need to find him and bring home as soon as we can. We are begging for anyone who can help us to please come forward,” he added. 

He said the family was overwhelmed by the messages of love and support they had received from all over the world and by the number of people who had come forward to offer their help in trying to trace the whereabouts of Zayd.

“We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we appeal to you not to give up on Zayd and to continue to pray and to help us to find my brother and to bring him home to my mother and his wife,” said a highly emotional Dada.

Zayd, his wife Neelam and another couple went hiking in the Mount Nyangani area on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Halfway up the mountain his wife and friends decided to turn back and Zayd continued up the trail without them. He has not been seen since.

Anyone who can offer help or advice log onto the Facebook page Let’s Find Zayd!!! or contact Rayaaz Dada on 0774 279 80 or Tariq Dada on 0779 390 360.

Comments (4)

Zayd seems to have been an intelligent young man. It is fool hard to suggest he just got lost and could not remember or trace backwards. Please family of this man consult the local folks and it may assist you. The locals know that places its dos and donts.

dungas - 13 January 2014

I have a feeling that he might have been bitten by a snake, a mountain black mamba. These are common in such big mountains. They are very big, and one cannot run away in a mountain. Unless he had carried with him snake bite medicine, I'm afraid is now feared dead. Because a black mamba's poison gives one only 30 minutes of life if untreated. They must use police searching dogs to search for him. The dogs will find him in one day. In future, the safe time to climg a mountain is in winter when tree leaves will have fallen, and grass dried. Snakes then hide themselves into rocks. This time of the year is very risky. The bushes and tall grasses hide a lot of dangerous organisms. It is however my hope that we get this gentleman alive.

Danai Pazvagozha - 13 January 2014

Inyangani Mountain is a sacred mountain if you do what u not suppose to do there, then you definately disappear. Rituals must be done for him to be found. He was taken by Mhondoro. Remember the helicopter that disappeared some years ago, it was never found just because the people had done the DONT'S not the DOS.

TOWE - 15 January 2014

please folks be advised that the Nyangani mountain is a sacred one. visit the local chiefs the Tangwenas if u want to see your loved one. appease the mhondoros of the mountain only those can assist ur expedition.

fungai musvipa - 17 January 2014

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