Statement by the Guyana Football Federation
Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde sends condolences to the families and friends of the nineteen students (up to the time of reporting) who tragically died on Sunday in the Mahdia Secondary School Dormitory fire.
“The Guyana Football Federation sends deepest condolences to the families of the students who died in the Mahdia Secondary School Dormitory fire on Sunday. It is hard to fathom the pain that you are going through at this time. The loss of a child is something that no parent should ever have to endure. I am deeply sorry for your loss. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine your pain and suffering at this moment. Your loved ones were taken from us far too soon, and their untimely passing is felt deeply by all of us,” he shared on behalf of Guyana’s football fraternity.
Reports are that the fire started shortly before midnight on May 21 and quickly spread throughout the building housing students from remote villages in Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni).
President Forde added that the GFF is ready to offer support to the families in their time of grief and that his thoughts and prayers are also with those who were injured in the fire.
“They were young, full of life, and had so much potential ahead of them. It is a tragedy that they were taken from us before they could fully realise their dreams. I know that no words can ever truly ease the pain that you are feeling right now. But please know that you are not alone in your grief. The entire nation is mourning with you, and we are here to offer any support and comfort that you may need. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the children who were injured in the fire.”
“May the love and strength of family and friends surround you during this difficult time. We will always remember your children and the impact they had on our lives. They will forever be in our hearts and memories. May their souls rest in peace.”