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Hands of four-year old burnt by mother

Hands of four-year old burnt by mother

The Family Support Unit (FSU) of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) attached at the Magburaka Police Division in the Tonkolili District, Monday 2nd August, 2010, arrested 28-year old Aminata Kamara of Romankoro village in Kholifa Rowalla Chiefdom, for allegedly setting fire on the hands of four-year old Abu Bakarr Sankoh, her biological son. (Photo: Victim Abu Bakarr Sankoh displaying his burnt hands)

According to the Line Manager of the FSU at the Magburaka Police Division, Detective Sergeant Idriss Nelson Kamara, on Monday 2nd August, 2010 at about 8:15am, he was at his office when one Aminata Sankoh who introduced herself as the elder sister of the accused Aminata Kamara, materialized at his office and reported the matter which she said happened sometime last month.

Describing the incident, Detective Sergeant Kamara maintained that the boy’s hands were set on fire for merely eating a plate of sleep rice or ‘cold ress’ belonging to a next door neighbour.

Accordingly, the boy’s mother, on receiving the complaint from the neighbour in question, became so enraged that she had to resort to tying up her son’s hands in a plastic bag and set them ablaze, thereby causing serious bodily harm on the boy.

Detective Sergeant Kamara noted that the offence is grave, adding that the accused who is presently in police custody, faces charges relating to child cruelty and child abuse, wounding with intent and attempted murder.

He disclosed that the victim is currently undergoing medical treatment at the Magburaka Government Hospital, and that there are fears that even with the best of treatments, the boy’s hands will never get normal again.

By Ibrahim Pelus Kamara & Theophilus S. Gbenda

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