Night had fallen when a rainstorm separated Ayub, four, from his elder brothers after a day of livestock herding in the wilds of southern Kenya.
For almost a week a search party looked in vain for him. Then, six days after he disappeared, Ayub was spotted by a pilot 11 miles from his village. Somehow the boy had evaded predators and endured heavy rains on the harsh East African terrain.
When Ayub went missing, village elders in Asa, close to the northern edge of the Tsavo East National Park, contacted the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They asked the organisation, which cares for orphaned elephants in a wildlife rehabilitation programme if it would use its aircraft to help the search.
Also On Harare Live, more than 100 Zimbabwean women who had been lured into slavery through fake promises of well-paying domestic work in the Gulf region were recently freed from captivity after the Government paid off their employers to secure their release.
The Government has, in recent weeks, successfully negotiated freedom for 105 women and two men who were being subjected to deplorable living and working conditions that included constant beatings, being overworked, forced labour, underpayment and sex slavery in Arab countries.
Some of the women, aged between 25 and 45, had been working under virtual captivity for nearly two years.
An official investigation earlier this year concluded that some local employment agents, working in collusion with criminal syndicates in the Middle East, were recruiting Zimbabwean women before trading them off into slavery.
It was established that most of the women had their passports confiscated on arrival and were being forced to see out their two-year employment contracts in spite of poor working conditions.
Some of the employers were reportedly demanding up to US$2 500 from the women in return for their freedom, according to the official investigation, which also found that most of the domestic workers were earning between US$60 and US$80 per month.