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11 people kills in fire at school for blind children in Uganda

11 people kills in fire at school for blind children in Uganda

11 people kills in fire at school for blind children in Uganda

11 people kills in fire at school for blind children in Uganda

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  • At a school for the blind in Uganda, parents are grieving the loss of their children who perished in the fire.
  • After a dormitory fire broke out early on Tuesday, eleven people died.
  • “I cannot describe the pain in my heart right now,” said Jennifer Nassozi.
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At a school for the blind in Uganda, parents are grieving the loss of their children who perished in the fire.

After a dormitory fire broke out early on Tuesday, eleven people died.

“I cannot describe the pain in my heart right now,” said Jennifer Nassozi, whose six-year-old daughter was killed.

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Investigations are ongoing to determine what started the fire at the school in Mukono, which is east of Kampala, the capital; nevertheless, such occurrences are not unusual.

In 2008, Buddo Junior School had one of the worst school fires in the nation. Nineteen kids passed away.

The affected dormitory at the Salama School for the Blind is estimated to have had at least 27 youngsters sleeping inside. Families in distress have gathered there.

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“Nassali was doing very well in school. She was such a jolly girl,” Ms. Nassozi told the media remembering her daughter.

“Every time we would come to school at the start of the term, her friends would come running to meet us saying: ‘Nassali has come!'”.

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At the community hospital where the injured were initially treated, Dr. Moses Keeya claimed they “experienced mainly chest, arms, and leg injuries. One of them has a severe head burn.” Referrals for four kids have been made to Kampala’s Kiruddu National Hospital. Additionally, two patients who had minor injuries were released and sent home.

Joyce Kaduchu, the minister of education, has also visited the school and spoken with the parents there.

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“All of us are really heartbroken,” she said.”Our education system gives everyone an opportunity, regardless of what physical challenges one has. We have lost 11 children under very unfortunate circumstances.”

She stated that in order to identify the youngsters, DNA testing would need to be run on their bodies.
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Children lighting candles in their dorm rooms after lights out and leaving them burning in the past has resulted in school fires.

Because of overpopulation and a shortage of firefighting supplies at the schools, rescue efforts have sometimes been impeded.

According to a police report from March of this year, there were at least 18 fire occurrences in schools over the course of three months.

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