At least 24 minors in a kindergarten fire in Niger. killed

At least 24 children were killed this Monday in a fire in a kindergarten made of wood and straw in the city of Maradi in southern Niger, as the regional governor Chaibou Aboubacar announced in statements to the DPA news agency.

About 80 minors among the boys and girls have suffered severe burns, said Aboubacar, who is currently unable to name a specific cause for the incident.

A witness quoted by the radio station Radio Nagarta raises the number of deceased children to 80 and the seriously injured to 40.

At least 24 minors in a kindergarten fire in Niger.  killed
At least 24 minors in a kindergarten fire in Niger. killed

The fire affected three thatched-roof huts of the AFN school in the center of the city, the economic capital of the country, in the late morning. After the intervention of fire fighters and other security forces, the fire was brought under control with the help of the population, reports the portal actuniger.com.

With around 25 million inhabitants, Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world and, according to UN data, has one of the highest illiteracy rates in Africa.

The meager education budget means that there are not enough schools and many of them are housed in buildings made of wood, clay and sheet metal. In some rural areas, classes take place in the shade of the trees.

In 2020, 20 children died in another fire in Niamey, the capital of Niger, whereupon the authorities announced a program to build school infrastructure.

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