More than 6,000 people in Kuwinda Slum are now homeless after a fierce fire gutted their houses last night. This is the worst fire tragedy witnessed in Kuwinda in more than two decades. Many of the residents managed to escape when the fire broke out. However, a 54 year old physically challenged woman was not lucky. She perished in the inferno. Sadness, desperation, agony filled the air as the poor residents came to terms with what had befallen them. Most of the people did not salvage any of their belongings because the fire spread very fast.” I came out with nothing. I do not know what to do next,” one of the affected women said.
Pastor Jackson ( pictured below) who has a church inside the slum was overwhelmed with emotion when assessing the magnitude of the fire.” I am lost for words,” he said. ” Since I began the church here in Kuwinda I have never witnessed something like this.” Indeed Pastor Jackson has a big task of counseling and praying with the people for encouragement. Many people were overwhelmed with emotions and broke down into tears.
Children did not go to school besides not knowing where they will spend their night at this time when the rains have begun. Their books and uniforms were not spared in the fire.
Alex Kasomo was sad to see that their house was no more. He stood by his mother to encourage her. “Now I am back to square zero after all I had was consumed by fire,” she said, as she rummaged through what remained of her former house.
Jane Karanja another victim, appealed to well-wishers to come to their aid as they have nowhere to go. “The furniture I had, and all personal effects including my clothes and those of my two children have been reduced to ashes. We need urgent help,” said Jane. This is a humanitarian crisis which needs urgent response with provision of food, clothes and blankets. Please help us give these people the support they need through your donation. Click here to make your donation