My Babies Are Gone-Distraught Mother.
These are the words of Mrs Veronica Ogbonna, not her real name, who lost her daughters, seven year old Chiamaka and Kare, her year and three month-old sister in the building which collapsed in Gafar Balogun Street, Ogudu, Kosofe local government area of Lagos state, on Wednesday. The building, according to eye witness reports, went down when mudslide crashed on it, killing the two kids instantly, followed hours of intense rain that left the landscape soggy and loose.
“My babies are gone, my babies are gone. We left our daughters alive but returned to meet their corpses,” she wailed.
2n-network gathered that the entire family would have ended up dead if the building had collapsed in the night or or weekends when everyone is home. Luckily however, both parents were out of the house when it went down. Mr Godwin, father of one of the victims was said to have gone to work in Ajah, Lagos Island, while the wife went to nearby Ojota, half an hour before the building went down. She would have been back before it crashed but was prevented from being caught up in the deadly crash having been delayed by the heavy downpour. Even then, it took a grueling three hours for him to transit from Ajar to Ogudu after being told of his deadly loss.
But even as Godwin rued his misfortune, his real concern was the impact of loss on his wife. He was certain she would be devastated.
“It took me three hours to get to our house in Ogudu from Ajah but the three hours were like three years. I couldn’t believe that my life was going to be shattered in the twinkling of an eye. I lost everything just within a few hours,” he lamented.
For his wife, the impact was more revealing. Hear her.
“Where do I start from? I won’t speak evil but this is a tough one for me. My children are gone! We lost everything. We left our children in the house hale and hearty only to meet their corpses. I am devastated by the event.”
Findings by 2n-network reveal that Godwin’s concern about the impact on his wife may not altogether unfounded. The couple, our correspondent gathered from neighbours, has been married for over a decade but had no child of their own until about two years ago when the woman, popularly known as Mama Chiamaka, conceived and later gave birth to a baby girl, Karen. Prior to Karen’s birth, Chiamaka, one of her relation’s children came to live with in order to give her a sense of maternal comfort which was said to be the case until she had Karen.
Whatever the case is, Mama Chiamaka is not only deeply bereaved, her degree of loss is better imagined.
“My two girls, they didn’t come easily. My first child Chiamaka was seven years old while Kareen, the younger sister, was a year and eight months. My world has crumbled,” she lamented.