By Sue-Ann Wayow
TEARS flowed freely from the parents and relatives of the 19 children who perished in a fire at the Mahdia Secondary School when Guyana President Irfaan Ali visited the remote area on Monday.
The President hugged and consoled the tearful relatives as he declared three days of national mourning for Guyana.
The Guyanese national flag was also being flown at half-mast at all public buildings from 4 pm on Monday.
He said, “I’m committing, as I have done to the family members already, our full unconditional, unhindered support for the families and these children; whether it be medical, social, counseling, financial, transportation, accommodation- whatever the form of support required, the state will provide that support to the families, to the children.”
Ali also said it was one of the saddest day of his presidential life in a press conference available on social media.
The list of names of the 18 girls was also posted on Ali’s Facebook page with ages ranging from 13 to 16 as well as one five -year-old boy.
AZP News was informed that the boy was the son of a caretaker who has an apartment in the burned dormitory.