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A child burns to death in Tambura

By Viola Matela

A four-year-old child succumbed to burns from a domestic fire and died in Akpwa village, Tombura State earlier this week.

Juba Monitor learnt that the child had died in a burning farm house on Tuesday mid-morning as the grandmother she was living with was digging at the garden.

The cause of the fire is allegedly domestic which broke out as the child roast maize with her three mates without adult supervision. Her oldest mate is said to be only seven years old, according Juba Monitor source in Tombura who preferred anonymity said.

“The grandmother was digging at the garden when the children she left behind (at home) started roasting maize. While doing so, a fire broke out and caught the grass-thatched house. The other children ran out leaving behind the little child upon whom a big burning log fell,” the source said.

She further explained that the two children tried calling a nearby neighbor to rescue them but the neighbor was too busy with her own activities.

She said by the time people realized the incident, the little farm house had already burned down to ashes with the child in it.

Eunice Gunda, a relative of the child said when the police in Tombura town was informed, police were sent to investigate and a child neglect case was registered for investigation.

“The officials arrested the neighbour and her husband who were held in detention for a day and released the next day,” Gunda said.

Efforts to reach Tombura State authorities for more details were all in vain by press time.

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