A six-year-old YouTube star known in Burundi for his popular comedy sketches has died of malaria, his manager says. Burundi’s Darcy Irakoze, known as Kacaman, was a primary school pupil who performed online and in theatres. He was diagnosed with malaria on Wednesday and died the next day.
Darcy’s death has sparked more debate on the high number of malaria cases in the country this year. Health Minister Thaddée Ndikumana told journalists that the figures were lower – 4.3 million recorded cases, with 1,400 deaths this year.
Malaria has killed over 1,800 people in Burundi this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than five million cases have been recorded in the country since January. The disease is one of the main killers of children in Africa, where it claims the lives of more than 2,500 children each day, according to the UN children’s agency, Unicef.