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Tragic Fire Claims Lives of Pregnant Woman and Two Children in Yoni Chiefdom

Tragic Fire Claims Lives of Pregnant Woman and Two Children in Yoni Chiefdom

On April 8th, 2024, a devastating fire engulfed Roline Kasana Bana village in Yoni Mamaila Chiefdom, located in the Northern District of Tonkolili, resulting in the tragic loss of two lives and leaving the entire community and neighboring areas in mourning.


The victims of this heart-wrenching incident were Aminata Yateh, a JSS two pupil at Pope John Paul Secondary School in Mathoir, and Sallay Kanu, a pregnant woman. The circumstances surrounding the fire have sent shockwaves through the community.


Reports indicate that on the day of the incident, the village authorities had announced the burning of the farms in preparation for the upcoming planting season. Despite warnings issued by her husband, Abu Bangura, advising against venturing near the burning fields, Aminata Yateh and Sallay Kanu proceeded to the area.


Tragically, both women were unaware of the danger they faced and unwittingly entered the flames, resulting in their untimely deaths. Abu Bangura expressed his disbelief upon learning that his wife and the other victim had ventured into the burning fields. The discovery of their lifeless bodies by a community member searching for dead animals further compounded the shock and grief experienced by their loved ones.


The matter was promptly reported to the Mile 91 Police Division, leading to orders for the women's burial. Abu Bangura, while devastated by the loss of his wife and unborn child, expressed no suspicion of foul play, underscoring the tragic accident's unexpected nature.


Community members have conveyed their shock and sorrow, emphasizing that such a horrific incident is unprecedented in the area's history. The solemn burial of the two women in Roline Kasana Bana village marks the beginning of a period of mourning and reflection for the community as they grapple with the profound loss and the enduring impact of this tragic event.

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