By Olimatou Coker
There has another death from the Bilal Boarding School fire. The latest victim is a young boy and his passing brings the total number of deaths to 10. One more seriously burnt victim is recovering in hospital while another has been discharged.
The Qur’anic memorisation school in Yundum caught fire nearly two weeks ago.
Speaking to The Standard on the latest development, Essa Muhammed Jawara, the proprietor of the school, said the latest victim was part of those evacuated to Senegal for treatment.
He further disclosed the school has paid out D100,000 compensation to the families of each of the deceased. “No one can imagine what we are going through. My heart is very heavy and all I do is cry every day over this very sad and difficult incident for me and my entire staff. I established this school to bring up children to be God-fearing, to become good Muslims their parents want them to be. But Allah controls everything beyond human capacity,” he lamented.