The story of a widow who lives in a kitchen
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Following the January 27th serious fire outbreak in Dippa
Kunda that claimed the life of Muhammed Ceesay and his three-year-old son, the
widow of the Ceesay family Monday launched an appeal to the general public to
help her, in order to enable
her overcome the challenges in the aftermath of the incident.
It would be recalled that the late Muhammed Ceesay, a
Guinean national and his son were consumed by a fire, when his house and two
others were gutted by aninferno.
On that fateful Friday, neighbours and others who tried to stop the fire could
not save Ceesay and his son due to a heavy burglary proof fixed on the door,
which made rescue efforts extremely difficult.
Two months after the incident, the fire that was believed to have emanated from electrical fault has since left the widow, Aisha Camara in a complete state of despair, forcing her to live in a makeshift kitchen where she is managing with a family of six. “Since the incident occurred, putting food on the table has been a very difficult challenge talkless of a shelter, as I am currently living a kitchen, just to have a place to lay our heads,” a sad-looking Aisha Camara told the Daily Observer in an interview.
She went on: “Since the death of my husband, I have been suffering; without a shelter and insufficient food,” she lamented.
The widow appealed to the general public, including government, the NGO community, humanitarian organisations, individuals and philanthropists to come to her aid, indicating that she would also want to return to her native country, Guinea Conakry to reunite with her deceased husband’s family. “The Gambia has been my home because it is the country where my late husband and son were laid to rest. If I go to Guinea, I will return to The Gambia to start life again,” the anguished widow remarked.
Meanwhile, Sally Jeng, a neighbour to Aisha Camara, who has been assisting her since the death of her husband, decried the widow’s current plight. She noted that since the incident occurred, Camara has been seriously devastated and traumatised, with feeding and poor living condition becoming her major challenges. “Can you imagine someone who was living in a storey building now living in a kitchen sleeping on the floor with six members of her family. This is really sad,” Madam Jeng lamented.
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Author: Omar Wally