LISTEN: Plea to the City to help a 5-year-old shot by gangsters

Ashline Telmarks, 5, was struck by a bullet when gangsters opened fire on the Hanover Park playground.

Haydé Adams Fitzpatrick, reporter and producer for Voice of America covered Ashline's story while working on a documentary.

She met her in hospital and describes the how the bullet penetrated her tiny body and nearly killed the 5-year-old.

What happened was that the bullet was dipped in doom, that's what gangsters do these days.

Haydé Adams Fitzpatrick, Reporter and Producer for Voice of America

Fitzpatrick made a plea to the City of Cape Town to help Ashline and her mother as they have no place to call home. She says most stories that she had covered, the victims have died but Ashline made it alive and she is determined to get her help.

She is becoming a bit better, she started taking a few steps but she is too traumatised to go back to Hanover Park. She and her mother literally have nowhere to go.

Haydé Adams Fitzpatrick, Reporter and Producer for Voice of America

I couldn't just walk away so I thought as a journalist I will advocate for her ...

Haydé Adams Fitzpatrick, Reporter and Producer for Voice of America

Listen below to hear more details on how to help Ashline and her mother:


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