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9-year-old dies in well

Feb 1, 2022, 1:21 PM | Article By: Ousman Jallow in CRR

The life of a 9-year-old boy was cut short on Friday 28th January, 2022 when he fell into a well at Sinchu Jenum, CRR/n.

The deceased, Bubacarr Dem, according to his parents, was a loving young boy. 

Describing how the incident occurred, a brother who spoke to The Point on the condition of anonymity, said Bubacarr was in a nearby compound helping other children to water a family garden in the perimeter of the compound. He said after the boy fell into the well, one of them ran to his mother (wife of the landlord where the incident occurred) informing her of the unfortunate incident. 

However, the woman quickly condemned him. The woman he added later gave Bubacarr’s shoes to his young brother and told him to go home, claiming that his elder brother went home without his shoes.

When the younger brother got home with the shoes his parents asked him about his elder brother but he told them that the women told him that his brother had gone home. When the parents went to the said compound to ask for their child, the women tried to deceive them by telling them: “Didn’t you meet with him, he just left here.”

The deceased family mounted a query that the deceased was not seen. The village was informed and by extension to neighbouring communities. It was the following day that the landlord informed the police that such had happened.

When rescuers arrived, the boy was found dead and eventually buried after the police and public health officials did their examinations.

According to Bubacarr’s parents they suspect foul play and therefore called on authorities to mount an investigation into the matter and bring to justice to anyone found guilty. 

Meanwhile, at the time of going to press, the landlord of the compound was apprehended by the police regarding the circumstances of Babucarr’s death for further investigation. 

Efforts to reach the police PRO proved futile. Nevertheless, the family is appealing to the relevant authorities to ensure that the matter is investigated and eventually prosecute anyone found wanting in this sad incident.

Alhagie Pierre Bah, chief of the District expressed sadness with the incident and advised parents to be vigilant about the whereabouts of their children as most people are not trustworthy nowadays.

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