|Magbeni Village –
Home for many years of Aminata Fofanah and her grandmother, Rugiatu Jah
Aminata Fofanah, past pupil of Magbeni and Lumley from some years ago and grand-daughter of the nurse in Magbeni, Rugie Jah, had recently come back to school in Lumley. At twenty, she had decided that while she might have mixed things up a little earlier on in her life, she was ready now to give her education a real push and to complete her senior secondary studies. She had been back in Lumley for just over one month when she fell ill with intense stomach pains. The next day this became so serious that she was taken to hospital and the following day, after struggling for her life on oxygen for a few hours, she died with a diagnosis of typhoid malaria.
Mamie Jah lost her grandson a matter of months ago and has now lost a very beloved grand-daughter. Indeed it was Mamie Jah who had been a key player in encouraging Ami to go back to school and had taken full responsibility for Ami’s son. She is now, needless to say, completely devastated.
The Magbeni community are feeling battered with the number of deaths they have experienced recently as is the whole EducAid family.
We who remain commit ourselves once again, to live our lives well in the memory of those who have gone so needlessly before their time. We commit to fight the causes of the poverty and vulnerability that makes these deaths possible in all the ways we can. We start with our commitment to the real education of as many young people as possible.
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