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Liberia Mourns, buried over 26 Islamic students killed in fire

Varfley Kamara/Jos GArneo Cephas Sr.
The burial site of more then 26 students including two teachers.
The burial site of more then 26 students including two teachers.

PAYNESVILLE, LIBERIA - Thursday, September 19, 2019 has being declared a National Day of Mourning by the Government of Liberia, following the fire tragedy that killed more than 26 Islamic School children and two Arabic teachers in Paynesville.

President George Weah made the declaration following the funeral service held on 17th Street at a local Mosque in Sinkor, Monrovia, from where the dead bodies were subsequently buried in Monrovia.

According to an Executive Mansion release Thursday, September 19, 2019, President Weah ordered the National Flag to be flown at half-mast, in observing of the dead.

“I called on all Liberians and foreign residents irrespective of religious beliefs and tribes to conduct themselves in solidarity with the Muslim community and families of the dead”.

The Liberian leader also urged Liberians to be united in good and difficult times as the Country goes through this period of bereavement along with family members of the dead.

The tragedy occurred on early Wednesday, September 18, 2019 according to report, while the children were asleep in the dormitory of the Islamic Boarding School, when the building started blazing in flame of fire.

There has being no reason provided over the cause of the fire. There were only two children who survived and are currently undergoing treatment at the John F. Kennedy Hospital.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s First Lady, Clar Weah, has expressed deep regrets over the death of the school children and their teachers.

Mrs. Weah, in a statement issued Wednesday, September 18, 2019 also expressed heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families, and wish all those injured in the incident swift and full recovery.


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