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‘Tombo Wharf may become death trap for children’

…Harbour Master

May 19, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

Harbour Master at Tombo Wharf, in the Western Rural peninsular, has disclosed that the wharf might become a death trap for children who go fishing there.

Santigie Kamara told this reporter in an interview that children were in the habit of scavenging for fish or playing around the wharf, adding that they could be vulnerable to tidal waves especially in the raining season.

“As the current head of the wharf we have warned parents against sending their children to go and fish for their home uses,” he said. “The union is ready to take action against any child found wanting.”

He revealed that two kids drowned around the wharf last year, while others had been injured while serving as ‘bowl helpers’, although he conceded that some of the children are bread winners of their respective families.

Section Chief Pa Alimamy Kamara vowed that stringent action would be taken against any child found around the wharf area scavenging for fish, especially if perilously close to the wave.

He revealed that several meetings had been held in the community on the theme, ‘Say no to child visit along the sea front for fishing or playing’, and that the union was adamant to upholding by-laws which seek to prevent fatalities among children.

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