UNICEF statement following the deaths of at least 20 children trapped in a fire at a school in Mahdia, Guyana

statement attributable to Mr. Nicolas Pron, UNICEF Representative to Guyana and Suriname

22 May 2023
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GEORGETOWN, 22 MAY 2023 – “UNICEF is deeply saddened by the loss of life of 20 children after a fire enveloped the dormitory at the Mahdia Secondary School, Guyana.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the impacted children and families, especially those who lost their loved ones.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the victims, families and communities affected by this incident.

“UNICEF is in contact with national authorities and has offered to provide support and assistance to affected children and families.”


*Please note: This figure may change as more information is made available by the authorities.


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