Moyamba District is one of the districts with the highest instances of mysterious fire disasters recorded annually in the country.
Hamlets, villages and towns are reportedly on fire every year during the dry season which is believed to have been caused by bush fire.
To date, no proper preventive measures have been put in place by local authorities, Government and disaster related organizations to avoid deaths and loss of properties.
The recent fire disaster at Fallah Village in the Moyamba District has left victims desperately in need of help for a living, because their livelihood was consumed by fire mid last month.
Over 400 people are now suffering as they lack shelter and food to eat. Their status is worrisome and desperate such that it deserves an immediate intervention to avert unnecessary deaths that may warrant the declaration of a state of emergency.
The inferno wreaked havoc on sixteen houses which left a five year old girl Aminata Simbo burnt to ashes underneath her mothers bed as she struggled for life alone in a room. Most of the residents including her parents had fled for their lives, personal belongings and goods worth millions of Leones were lost during the fire disaster.
The entire village is now dotted with burnt houses and scanty bungalows cramped in the remains of the fire disaster and burnt properties scattered at every available space while residents dressed in rags with visible disappointment and frustration on their faces sit in agony and despair.
Theresa Foray one of the victims of the fire disaster told our reporter that the fire raged at the height of the harmattan season which gave it an extra speed to spread throughout the length and breath of the village, when sadly though most of the inhabitants had gone to their farms to find their living for the day.
In view of this ugly incident that has befallen the people of Fallah village in the Kori Chiefdom a high profile delegation from the ruling APC Women’s wing visited the village to express shock and sympathy to the fire victims and to also donate humanitarian assistance to the people.
Madam Arabella Foray a renowned philanthropist and executive member of the women’s wing in the APC party was emotionally touched and moved by the degree of the fire disaster to rally other party members including the deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Jenneh Kandeh to identify with the fire victims.
In her short but memorable remarks Madam Arabella Foray said “we are sorry for what has happened to you our brothers and sisters at Fallah village and its surroundings, we are here to sympathize with you on behalf of the APC party and also donate an emergency humanitarian assistance for the wellbeing of fire victims.”
She intimated that the donated items were voluntary contributions generated from members of the APC party and well wishers who have the feeling for the people and that due to the urgency of the situation they never had time to wait for Government intervention.
Madam Foray expressed thanks and appreciation to APC women in the entire Moyamba District for their vibrancy, commitment and determination in supporting the Government and also identifying with people who are seriously affected by disasters. “I hope this donation will go a long way in alleviating the suffering the people are going through and I want local authorities to share the donated items with honesty and sincerity particularly to those who were seriously affected by the fire disaster.” She said.
During the handing over ceremony Madam Foray said the donated items included six bails of used clothing, a pile of tarpaulin for roofing, four bags of rice and five hundred thousand Leones (Le500,000.00) in cash; though this will not be enough but that more is expected to reach them in not too distant future.
Mathew Foray a local head representing victims of the fire disaster expressed gratitude to the women’s wing of the APC for their good will venture particularly Madam Foray for her love, care and protection of the vulnerable people living in the village.
By Saidu Bah