11 Dead Following Fire At School For Blind Children In Uganda

Parents have been left in mourning after a fire destroyed a dormitory at the Salama School for the Blind in Uganda, leaving 11 children dead.

11 children died in the fire at the Salama School for the Blind in Uganda
11 children died in the fire at the Salama School for the Blind in Uganda

Authorities are currently investigating what caused the fire that left 11 children dead at the Salama School for the Blind in Mukono, east of the Ugandan capital Kampala. It is believed that at least 27 children were sleeping in the affected dormitory when the fire started in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Devastated family members have gathered at the site hoping for answers as to what happened to their loved ones.

Jennifer Nassozi, whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the blaze, told the BBC: "I cannot describe the pain in my heart right now.

"Nassali was doing very well in school. She was such a jolly girl. "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"'".

Dr Moses Keeya, who works at the local hospital that the injured children initially went to, said they "sustained mostly injuries on the arms, legs, and chest. One of them has a deep burn on the head."

Four other students at the school have been sent to Kiruddu National Hospital in Kampala while two others who only suffered minor injuries have been discharged and sent home.

Education Minister Joyce Kaduchu said: "All of us are really heartbroken. Our education system gives everyone an opportunity, regardless of what physical challenges one has.

"We have lost 11 children under very unfortunate circumstances."

Ms Kaduchu added that DNA tests would need to be carried out on the bodies of the deceased children in order to identify them.

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