Like the unforgettable story of the deadly civil war that plunged Liberia into a failed state between 1990 to 2003; or More so, like some tragedies of the past and the immediate past to include but limited to the sinking of the vessel-Niko Invanka; the story of the 28 Islamic Students including one of their Teachers who died on the 17 of September, 2019, when the Mosque that was hosting them as Boarding Students in the “Redlight Area” gutted by fire, will forever lingered on the minds of their families and the two surviving students.
When that tragedy happened, the following day on September 18, 2021, President Weah visited the scene before departing the Country for the UN General Assembly.
When he visited the scene, President Weah major concern was to console and rebuild the hopes of those families who children have died in that fire disaster. He therefore wasted no time to request the Government of Qatar to help re-construct the building.
Two years after, on August 27, 2021 at a dedication ceremony of the reconstructed modern Building, the smiles on the faces of the students, family members and the Muslim Community could be seen as a sign of deep consolation and renewed hope as
President Weah Hails Qatar for Funding and Refurbishing the United Da’wah Mosque & School.
The President of the Republic, H. E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has commended the Government of Qatar for the indispensable role it continues to play in Liberia’s development, including funding provided for the reconstruction of the United Da’wah Mosque and School in the Redlight Community.”
Dedicating the new complex on Friday, August 27, 2021, President Weah paid tribute to the memories of the deceased students, describing their loss regrettable and a sad day for him, families and the entire nation.
The Liberian Leader recalled how he used his address to the United Nations General Assembly which coincided with the terrible incident to draw the world’s attention to the devastating situation, calling for a moment of silence at the time.
President Weah said it is regrettable that the future of the students was cut short in such a manner.
Today, we are here to dedicate this new building to replace the one destroyed by the fire,” the President said. “I wish the Islamic young scholars were alive. It’s saddening that they are not here.”
The President however noted that their death did not go in vain in that a new school building is risen out of the ashes to the benefit of other students who will use it to claim their future.
Ndalao Construction International Incorporated reconstructed the new structure at the cost of $120,000.
The occasion was graced by high ranking Moslem clerics as well as several officials of the Government.