Ellen Sympathizes with AFL Fire Victims


In the wake of a fire outbreak at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks in Margibi County, that recently destroying several apartments, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday December 16, toured the scene of the disaster, and identified with victims of the fire— all of them military personnel and their relatives—through the presentation of food and other basic supplies.

The fire at the barracks gutted three units on Saturday, December 14, reportedly affecting six families, whose personal properties valued at thousands of US dollars, were completely destroyed.

Items presented by the Liberian President to the Commanding Officer of the AFL, Major-General Suraj Abdurrahman, for the victims included 50 bags of rice, 30 mattresses, as well as her personal contribution of US$5,000 in cash,

Briefing President Sirleaf, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, was Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who blamed the fire on an electrical fault. He informed her that although they lost their properties in the fire, there was no loss of life. He said that around US$11,000 would be needed to restore the units to their normal state.

President Sirleaf, in a remark, assured the fire’s victims that all is not lost, and promised government’s quick intervention to enable them to return to their housing units.

Major-General Abdurrahman, on behalf of the victims and the AFL, thanked the President for her intervention as the condition for the victims was becoming unbearable. The affected families are currently sheltering with their colleagues in other apartments within the barracks while their units are under repair.


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