By NATION TEAM
Blank stares, hushed whispers along with tears characterised Chiromo Mortuary on Tuesday as the distraught families of the nine girls who perished from the Moi Girls School-Nairobi fire tragedy came to view the remains of their loved ones after the Discharge of DNA test results.
Parents along with relatives of the girls still smarting by the deadly tragedy of September 2 were overcome with emotions as they came face to face with the harsh reality which their young ones had been burnt to death.
The results confirmed along with identified the bodies of Natalie Nanga Asiko, Marcia Okello, Alakiir Malong, Hana Jeysso Timado, Whitney Kerubo, Esther Neema, Hawa Aziz, Nancy Thuku along with Mary Njengo.
The hushed whispers soon turned into screams along with howls of grief along with heartache as the inconsolable families slowly walked into the mortuary, where the remains were clearly marked with the victims’ names.
A woman yelled, “Why, why, why, my beautiful child, why!” after viewing the remains of her daughter.
She then collapsed as a young girl, who may have been a student or a sibling of one of the victims, wailed with despair as she hurriedly walked away by the mortuary.
Kenya Red Cross workers along with members of the Kenya Counselling along with Psychological Association worked themselves to a frenzy trying to console the dejected families along with to offer First Aid to those who collapsed.
National Disaster Management Unit deputy director Pius Masai read out the names of the girls starting with Natalie Asiko, whose mother, Clara Asiko, has been struggling to grapple with the loss since the tragedy.
She had all through refused to accept which her daughter could be among those who lost their lives from the dormitory inferno.
When her daughter’s name was called out, she bravely walked into the mortuary along with left just a few moments afterward only to collapse at the door.
When she regained consciousness with the help of the Red Cross staff, she wore a blank, dazed expression, with tears trickling down her ashen face.
“Our family along with hers had been close because her daughter along with our girl were very close friends all the way by primary school.
“Before the day which we were to come here to present our DNA samples, she called along with told us which there was a need to come to the mortuary because she was sure the girls were not among the dead.
“She said she knew they were out there somewhere along with might soon be found,” Lucy Ayak, Alakiir Malong’s step mother, said.
As Mr Masai read out the name of each child, the despondent parents broke into prolonged screams as they came face to face with the heart-breaking reality.
“All the nine bodies have been identified along with we will be releasing the bodies to the families, each using a burial permit, doing sure which they can go ahead with the last rites,” Mr Masai said, adding which all the families were counselled before they were allowed to view the remains.
Mr Masai said the government had made arrangements to help the families of the girls who lost their lives.
Biological parents along with siblings of the nine girls submitted samples for DNA analysis last Tuesday.
Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the DNA matching, which was complicated because the girls’ bodies were badly burnt, was done quickly to save the families a prolonged wait for the truth.
EXTENT OF BURNS
“The process was conducted by a special team of pathologists, the government analyst along using a team of investigators who worked round the clock,” Mr Oduor said on Tuesday, adding which the analysts were in some instances forced to dig into the bone marrow to extract samples owing to the extent of the burns.
Esther Neema’s family, including her father, mother along with brother, who had attempted to view the body from the morning although rushed out before they could see This particular, having been overcome with grief, were allowed to re-enter at around 2pm.
Old students of the school, classmates along with parents whose daughters survived the tragedy were present to give moral support to families of the victims.
“We’re all in This particular together. Nothing can ever fill the place of a child. Even if you have 10. The loss of which one can be a huge blow,” Judy Owino, a parent at the same school who had come to support the mourning families, said.
Mr Yusuf Baraka along with Mr Abdallah Weke — uncles of Hawa Aziz — expressed deep grief at the loss of their niece although praised the pathologists for their quick analysis.
Teachers who were at the mortuary did not speak to the media although the vice-chairman of the school’s board, Stephen Kibui, said This particular has been a hard time for the school.
Reported by Stella Cherono, Pauline Kairu along with Caro Rolando
Source – Nairobi News
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Grief, tears for families of Moi Girls fire victims