Maimuna’s body recovered from Mandinaba River, more from Tanji

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Body of Maimuna Jammeh, the third teenager girl among the three who drowned in the Mandinaba River on Saturday have been recovered early Monday morning and was laid to rest at the river side.

Maimuna and 10 other young girls and a boy went to the river Saturday evening to fetch fuel wood but were taking by high tide leading to the drowning of Alimatou Jallow, 11, Satou Jammeh, 10, and Maimuna Jammeh, 15.

Rescuers spent Saturday night in search of the death bodies in the river and recovered Alimatou Jallow that evening and Satou Jammeh early Sunday morning. Since then, searching has been going on for Maimuna Jammeh’s body but she was only found on Monday.

The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services public relations officer Muhammed Drammeh also confirmed that some bodies of the seven missing fishermen at Tanji Sea have been recovered but could not be identified yet.

The Tanji incidence occurred on Friday, just a day before the Mandinaba one and only one body among the six was recovered until Monday, when others were also recovered.

“We have recovered Maimuna Jammeh’s body from the water early Monday morning but we buried her at the river side because she spent two nights in the water,” one of the men who were searching the bodies said.

Some 20 years ago, a teenage boy from Mandinaba’s neighbouring village Serrekundanding died in the Mandinaba River following him and some of his friends during the month of Ramadan. Two years later, another two girls including Mandinaba Imam’s adult daughter died in the same river when they went there to find sea food.

Family sources say ten of the girls with one boy went to the river on Saturday to fetch fuel wood but Jawneh Jallow, a Navy officer and father of Alimatou Jallow said it never occurred to both him and his wife to send their children to fetch fuel wood from the river.

Mandinaba elders have been warning parents to prevent their children from going to the river considering its past devastating death incidences but children still remain adamant on frequent visit to the river especially during the month of Ramadan. 

Author: Amadou Jallow