In Liberia, 29 dead following a crowd movement in a Christian gathering

“We got scared and started running, but the door was too small for everyone. Those who fell, they were walked on. »

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, 29 people died following a crowd movement provoked by thugs, during a Christian gathering in Monrovia, Liberia. Among the victims were 11 children and a pregnant woman, according to Deputy Information Minister Jallawah Tonpoe at Redemption Hospital.

The faithful had gathered for 2 days for a "crusade" by Pastor Abraham Kromah, on a football field. According to the authorities, thugs who came to steal the goods of the gathered Christians are at the origin of this crowd movement.

Elisabeth Wesseh was present during the drama. She says that “those who fell, we walked on them”.

“As we were leaving, zogos [name given to street thieves] armed with knives started asking for money and phones. We got scared and started running, but the door was too small for everyone. Those who fell, they were walked on. »

Another witness, Emmanuel Gray, remembers a “very loud noise coming from the entrance”.

“As those who had made their offering were leaving the premises, a very loud noise was heard coming from the entrance. When we got there, we found many people lying dead, and others fighting for survival. »

Three days of national mourning were decreed by President George Weah, who called for "an exhaustive investigation to find out whether or not criminal acts are responsible" for the tragedy.

There are also 15 injured, including 7 children. The toll could rise further.

MC (with AFP)

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