Family offers to adopt Lilongwe arson victims

ORPHANED —The three children were discharged
from hospital

By Isaac Salima:

A family in Blantyre has expressed interest to adopt three children who survived an arson attack when unknown people petrol-bombed a UTM office building in Lilongwe.

Both parents of the siblings died in hospital last week from the wounds they had sustained in the attack which has been linked to politics.


Mary Kachingwe said her family is ready to adopt the children because they need support in the eternal absence of their parents.

“We are ready to stay with the children in our house like our own children. Their situation is unimaginable and that is why when we got the news we discussed as a family on how we can assist them,” Kachingwe said.

She said they have already linked up with the children’s relatives who are also ready to let good Samaritans take care of the instant orphans.


“We are just waiting for them to meet as a family and when they are done, we will have the children. This can happen to anybody and that is why we committed ourselves to helping them until they achieve their dreams in life,” Kachingwe said.

Psychologist Moses Muotcha said the children require mental support “in this difficult time in their lives”.

“These children are going through a hard time and have a lot of hard feelings. They currently have a feeling of denial as they cannot easily come to terms with reality. So, what is needed is immediate counselling so that they can recover from their feelings,” Muotcha said.

The siblings, Janet, 3, William, 7, and Ahmadu, 9, were released from hospital on Monday to a home that was rented for them using the condolence money that was realised during the funerals of the departed three.

The children’s father Seleman Tambala, his wife Ayiles and son Shukran died at Kamuzu Central Hospital where they were admitted to.

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