CARICOM flag at half-staff at Secretariat as Community mourns death of children in Mahdia fire


As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mourns the death of schoolchildren in a fire at Mahdia, Region 8, Guyana, the CARICOM flag is flying at half-staff at the Georgetown Headquarters of the Secretariat.

President of Guyana, His Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali, on Monday declared three days of national mourning to honour the lives of the 19 children – 18 girls and a five-year-old boy.

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On Monday, the President met with the parents, guardians, and other relatives of the students affected by the fire at the Mahdia Secondary School female dormitory, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.

“I’m committing, as I have done to the family members already, our full unconditional, unhindered support for the families and these children; whether it be medical, social, counseling, financial, transportation, accommodation- whatever the form of support required, the state will provide that support to the families, to the children,” he said.

Describing the day as one of the saddest days of his life as President, Dr. Ali called on the country to “utilise the next three days as three days of prayers for these children, their families, and the community”.

CARICOM Heads of Government and the CARICOM Secretary-General have extended condolences to Guyana on the tragedy.

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