A Ghanaian opposition lawmaker shed tears on live TV as he watched the devastation caused by conflicts in his Chereponi constituency in the North-East region of Ghana.
At least two persons have been confirmed dead in Samuel Abdulai Jabanyite’s constituency, which is 610km drive from the capital, Accra.
The 47-year-old MP broke down in the studios of Joy News as he watched a documentary on the protracted conflict as residents return to count their losses in the village.
Watching the remains of her torched mud home, one woman said every single property her family had gathered have been burnt down – mattress, roof including a bunch of cassava- her last hope of a decent meal – she kept inside her home.
She had to choose between the cassava and her life that fateful day when she saw billows of smoke announce the restart of violence, Myjoyonline reported.
“I called my children and we run,” she narrated to JoyNews’ Gifty Andoh-Appiah. The woman said residents live apprehensively because there is no forewarning of an attack.
Another man said he cannot find his wife and seven children – 20yrs, 16yrs, 12yrs, 10yrs, 7yrs, 5yrs and 2yrs.
“They run away…I don’t know where to find them,” he said after combing the area. His house burnt down in that moment of madness.
“They were sleeping here with their books,” he said and led the reporter to survey empty rooms with its scared walls of smoot. Foodstuff and clothing all gone.
He said he has been unable to report to the police in an area where security remains porous. The area of the conflict is cut off from any motorable road and is a vast land of scattered mudhouses, making it difficult to security officers to navigate.
Summing up his predicament, the man said “unless God.”
Back into the Accra studios of JoyNews, the MP watched the televised documentary on the AM Show Wednesday with Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye.
He said he had returned to Accra after spending several days within the constituency. About four days after his return, fury broke out as Konkonbas and Chokosis began the fourth round of violence in five months.
Recounting the outbreak, the MP broke down.
Source: Daily Mail GH