23rd May 2023

The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Guyana expresses its deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to the families of 19 children who tragically lost their lives in a fire at their school dormitory in Mahdia on Sunday 21st May, 2023.

Today and onwards, our prayers for strength and hope go out to the families, friends and loved ones of Adonijah Jerome, Andrea Roberts, Delecia Edwards, Ariana Edwards, Mary Dandrade, Martha Dandrade, Belnisa Evans, Sabrina John, Loreen Evans, Nathalie Bellarmine, Bibi Jeffrey, Eulanda Carter, Omerfia Edwin, Losa Roberts, Nickleen Robinson, Sherena Daniels, Cleoma Simon, Tracil Thomas and Lorita Williams, and the community of Mahdia.

We also remember all those who were injured during this tragedy and are either recovering or require intense care. We pray for their full and speedy recovery.

We also wish to unreservedly commend the efforts of all first responders who immediately and fearlessly responded to this tragedy to reduce loss of life suffered by the people of Mahdia. In the coming days, we call on all Guyanese to pause, pray and reflect on the lives of some of our Nation’s brightest souls now lost by this tragedy.