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Yasin Hussein Moyo, Killed by Police in Kenya Last Year | The Virus That Shook the World

26 Apr 2021
When Khadija Abdulahi Hussein thinks about her son Yasin, she remembers him dancing, laughing, helping others — and wanting the entire world to know who he was.

“But I didn't know it would be like this,” she says in the above excerpt from the new FRONTLINE documentary "The Virus That Shook the World," her voice breaking. “I wanted them to know him as a grown man. I mean as a grown-up, with a family, and not dead.”

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In this excerpt from "The Virus That Shook the World," Khadija Abdulahi Hussein and Hussein Moyo share video and memories of their son, Yasin Hussein Moyo, fatally shot at age 13 on the family’s balcony by police enforcing a COVID curfew in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Now it's like the gift I was given, someone came and took it away,” Khadija says of her son.

Drawing on extensive personal and local footage, The Virus That Shook the World tells the story of the Moyo family and of other people across the globe who have experienced the pandemic and its consequences in different ways — from a food blogger in Wuhan, China; to a filmmaker in a remote Indigenous village in Brazil; to a musician and puppeteer in Delhi, India.

The two-part special shows how the impacts of the disease that has now killed more than 3 million people have overlapped and differed across cultures, races, faiths and privilege; how various governments have responded; and how the pandemic has exposed existing inequities and social problems.

Watch "The Virus That Shook the World" in full, from series director James Bluemel and series producer Alice Henley, beginning April 26 and 27:

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