The United Nations in Liberia says is deeply saddened by the loss of the lives of the more 26 Liberian children and the destruction wrought by the tragic fire incident at the Islamic School in the Bassa Community in Paynesville, Monrovia, on the night of 17 September 2019.
“We, the United Nations Family would like to extend our sincere condolences to the victims of the fire disaster, especially to the families of the 27 children and their instructor, to the injured and all who have been affected by this terrible disaster,, the UN-Liberia said. The UN in Liberia further extends to the Government and People of Liberia its condolences.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those who perished, and to the Muslim community,” a statement issued yesterday said, adding, “Your sadness is shared by all of the United Nations Family. May your loved ones rest in peace.”
The condolences expressed came as a result of the death of some 27 Liberian kids on night of Tuesday. The nation, especially Monrovia, went doomed Wednesday morning when the news of the death of the kids broke in the media, stating that the 27 kids and teenagers and their teachers were consumed in a fire that gutted the Malaka Mission.
Although the cause of the fire is yet to be established by authorities, the throngs that trooped to the scene were seized with grief, mourning, weeping and wailing to see the young brains wasted, a situation which President Weah reacted to by sympathizing with bereave families of the victims and the Islamic community.
The fire victims, mostly children some of whom are three year-old and above, were reported to be boarding students at the Malaka Mission School, a Quranic Memorization Center in Bassa Town, Bob Taylor Road at the suburb of Paynesville City.
The President, Dr. George Manneh Weah, who visited the scene, expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and the Islamic community of Liberia.
There has been no official cause of the fire disclosed by fire authorities, but Police spokesman Moses Carter said the fire was caused by an “Electrical problem”, as investigation continues.