By Mustapha Jallow
Bakary Camara, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Kiang Central, has called on Gambians to support a widow of 2-month-old baby, whose husband was recently killed by bush fire in Kiang.
The Gambian law maker made the call during an interview with Foroyaa at his home in Wellingara on 9th February 2021, following this medium publication of the widow – Mama Fanndeh- remarking that she is now finding it difficult to cope with her 2-month-old daughter after the death of her husband.
“I’m calling on all well-meaning Gambians, who can help in one way or the other with feeding items. This little kid needs help too, particularly the elderly one, who is five years old,’’ he called.
“There is need for her (5-year-old-daughter) to be maintained in the school system… It is better that we all come together and recuse Lamin’s family.’’
According to MP Camara, the widow is in need of assistance because her husband used to be the breadwinner and he is no more.
“Even though the relatives are there, but some are jobless and are financially challenged,” he said.
He said the deceased was a fellow who left two daughters and a wife behind, noting that the unfortunate incident happened in his home town of Kiang ‘Wurokang,’ where the fire claimed the life of Lamin Jammeh.
Camara said the incident was devastating and they are hoping to work very hard to ensure this will be the last fire outbreak in Kiang. He said he is equally in state of fear over the bush fires as earlier expressed by the residents of his constituency in this medium.
Camara said he is working tirelessly on the issue, as he is engaging forestry officials to see how best they can put an end to frequent fire outbreak in the area.
“Feeding our animals has been a nightmare. The vegetable gardeners are also really worried about their crops and lives, thinking of how to protect their gardens because the damages are really immeasurable,’’ he said.
Camara explained that when it comes to bush fire outbreak, Lower River Region (LRR) is known to be one of the most prone areas in the country.
He said as early as October, people start setting fire to the entire forest cover or bush. This, he said, has a devastating impact on the animals and human beings, which is alarming and it’s time to work collectively and put an end to bush fires.