432 displaced people, including children and pregnant women are now sheltering at the Kombeina Primary School, after 23 houses in Kombama Village in the YKK Chiefdom, Pujehun District, were burnt to ashes on Tuesday 5th March 2019.
The house of the Town Imam Lamin Pullia was the first to burn down and has left 15 people who occupied that house, homeless.
“I was not at home when the fire broke out and when I returned the house was gone. I have lost everything, all my properties were destroyed. We are requesting for help from the central government and humanitarian organisations” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the Honourable Member of Parliament of Constituency 102, where the community is located, Alex Mattia Rogers, has taken swift action by informing the head of Paramount Chiefs for Pujehun District PC Mattina Menya and the District Council disaster team, ONS and Red Cross, who have already visited the scene to assess the damage.
Speaking to NewsWatch, Honourable Alex Mattia Rogers said that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
“I set up an independent disaster team that did on the spot investigations but up to this point we can’t tell what caused of the fire. We learnt that the fire stated from the Deputy Chief Imam’s house. It was a mysterious fire, nobody was at home when the fire started and it spread like wildfire.” He said.
The Member of Parliament said he had no option but to rush to the scene to get first-hand information and immediately presented assorted food items as a way of consoling the victims.
“I had to identify myself with the plight of my people and I have already brought food items and clothing as an emergency response from my own side” He said.
He said he has also been giving them words of hope, promising that they are all going to hang heads for more relief assistance because people are sleeping in the open and have nothing to eat. He called on government and humanitarian organisations to urgently come to the aid of the suffering people and address their plight.
The Town Chief, Momoh Kombeina praised Hon. Alex Rogers for his timely intervention, saying that He surprised them with what he has done.
“We were not expecting Hon. Alex Rogers to show up few hours after the disaster. His coming was a big surprise to us and we appreciate it” He said
The victims’ eyes and minds are fixed on what the government and other humanitarian organisations can do for them now.