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Rosita Mabuiango, who was born in a tree during floods in Mozambique in 2000, sits in her lounge in Maputo. These days, the teenager doesn't consider herself special. "I'm normal, it's just a different way of being born." (JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)

Miraculous birth

Mozambique’s celebrity ‘tree-top baby’ reflects on her extraordinary birth story

March 7, 2017

On March 1, 2000, Rosita Mabuiango was born at the top of a tree during one of the worst floods to ever hit Mozambique. Her mother, Carolina Chirindza, had climbed onto the tree to escape the deluge when she went into labor, according to the Agence France-Presse. Carolina’s mother-in-law caught the baby in a sarong.

Baby Rosita became something of an international celebrity when an AFP photographer snapped a photo of her as she was being lowered to safety by a South African sergeant. Four and a half months after she was born, Rosita and her mother travelled to Washington to advocate for additional relief for victims of the flooding.

Now, having just turned 17, Rosita told the Agence France-Presse that she believes the extraordinary circumstances of her birth were part of a larger plan to bring attention to the suffering in Mozambique. “I think it’s God who chose that I be born that way,” she said.

Rosita now enjoys a normal existence, going to school and playing football during her down time. She hopes to soon study petrochemical engineering at university.

Read the full story at The Malay Mail.