Incendie dans le Bronx: victimes maliennes

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Incendie dans le Bronx: victimes maliennes

Messagepar Belko » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 7:48 pm

Un énorme incendie a ravagé une bâtisse de deux étages du quartier populaire du Bronx mercredi soir faisant neuf morts dont huit enfants et au moins dix blessés dans l'un des sinistres les plus meurtriers de ces dernières années à New York.

Le porte-parole des pompiers a confirmé le bilan dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. On ignore encore l'origine du sinistre qui a été maîtrisé peut après 1h00 locales.

Au moins dix personnes ont été blessées dont plusieurs sont dans un état grave. Quatre pompiers et un membre des secours ont été hospitalisés pour des blessures légères.

Fatoumata Madassa, de la famille de certains des habitants de cette maison et qui vivait de l'autre côté de la rue, a précisé que quatre familles vivaient dans cet immeuble, la plupart étant originaires du Mali. Ces quatre familles avaient 17 enfants.

La maison était située dans le secteur sud du Bronx, non loin du Yankee Stadium.


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An extended family trapped in their burning Bronx row house screamed for help in the night, and one woman tossed children from a second-floor window to try to save them, witnesses and authorities said Thursday. Nine people died.

Eight of the victims were children, including 7-month-old twins and boys ages 4 and 9, according to authorities and relatives. A woman in her 40s also died, and 10 people were hospitalized.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned the death toll could increase.

Twenty-two members of the extended family from the west African nation of Mali lived in the three-story house, the mayor said. A space heater or an overloaded power strip may have started the blaze, the city's deadliest since the 1990 Happy Land nightclub fire, not including the Sept. 11 attacks, he said.

Outside the charred house, a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, neighbors described how a woman had hurled children from the broken windows amid the blaze.

"All I see is just a big cloud of white dust and out of nowhere comes the first baby," said Edward Soto, who caught the child. He said he caught a second child moments later as screams of "Help me! Help me!" were coming from the house.

Neighbor Elaine Martin said she saw another woman, shoeless and in a nightgown, on the street. She was shivering in the bitter cold and frantically worrying about her children.

"My kids is in there! my kids is in there!" Martin quoted the woman as saying.

Among the dead, according to family members, were Fatoumata Soumare and her three children: a son, Dgibril, and 7-month-old twins, Sisi and Harouma. Their father, Mamadou Soumara, was driving his cab in Manhattan when he received a frantic phone call from his wife.

"She said, `We have a fire!' She screamed," Soumara recalled. "I don't know what I'm going to do. I love her. I love my wife."

Soumara rushed to the building in his cab, arriving to see his children trapped inside but unable to help. Five children from another family perished in the blaze while their father was visiting their homeland.

Mousa Majassa, an official of the New York-based High Council for Malians Living Abroad, was headed back to New York after receiving the grim news that nearly half of his 11 children were dead, said council representative Bourema Niambele.

The fire destroyed the basement and first floor. Fire investigators were on the scene trying to determine the cause. The home had two smoke alarms, but neither had batteries.

Fatoumata Madassa, a relative of the victims who lives across the street, said four families lived in the building with 17 children among them.

"The kids were always playing, either in the yard of their home or on the block with water guns and scooters," said neighbor David Robinson.

At least one of the families ran an import-export business, according to neighbors. A public records search lists African American Import Export at the address. No building violations had been reported at the home, built in 1901, said Kate Lindquist, a spokeswoman for the city Buildings Department.

Fire Department spokesman Seth Andrews confirmed the death toll early Thursday. At least 10 people were injured, five seriously. The injured included four firefighters and another emergency worker who were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Five children ranging in age from 2 to 6 were taken to Jacobi Medical Center with smoke inhalation and burns, hospital spokesman Michael Heller said. He said three were in critical condition. One of the victims, an infant, died, he said.

Three other victims _ a woman in her 40s and boys ages 4 and 9 _ were dead on arrival at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, hospital spokesman Errol Schneer said.

The fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters had it under control about two hours later.

The smell of smoke lingered around the house hours afterward. Windows of the house were broken out, and parts of the building were charred and scorched. Adding to the misery, the victims were displaced on one of the coldest nights of the year.

"It's obviously terrible for anyone to perish like this," Bloomberg said. "It just seems more painful and more unfair when children die. When children die, everyone around them seems to die a little as well."

By JENNIFER PELTZ

Washingtonpost.com
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Messagepar Dembo » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 8:48 pm

C'est triste. Paix à leurs âmes ! :cry:
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Messagepar lala » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 8:50 pm

MES CONDOLEANCES AUX VICTIMES ET A LEURS FAMILLES.
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Messagepar Malimuso » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 8:55 pm

Oh quelleTriste nouvelle!
Que la terre leur soit legère.
Q'ALLAH LE TOUT PUISSANT, Nous guide dans le Droit Chemin!
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Messagepar Keycie » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 10:16 pm

Toutes mes condoléances à leurs proches!
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Messagepar mamie doudou de france » Jeu Mar 08, 2007 10:39 pm

Pauvres familles ,quelle affreuse fin .
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Messagepar Black SO Man » Ven Mar 09, 2007 3:21 am

Salam,

Voici leurs noms :
Fatoumata Soumare, 45 ans
Djibril Soumare, 3 ans
Sisi et Harouna Soumare (jumeaux), 7 mois
Diaba Magassa, 3 ans
Mahamadou Magassa, 7 ans
Bilaly Magassa, 1 an
Bandiogou Magassa, 11 ans
Aboukary Magassa, 6 ans

Qu'ALLAH ait pitié de leurs âmes!
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Messagepar Sanpitié » Ven Mar 09, 2007 10:54 am

Condoleances les plus attristées à toutes les victimmes (maliennes et d'autres nationalités). Nos pensées vont vers leurs parents et proches.
Attention j'arrive !
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Messagepar kadeja » Ven Mar 09, 2007 6:57 pm

Toutes mes condoléances aux familles
Que la terre soit légère aux défunts et qu’Allah les accueillent en son saint paradis c’est vraiment trop triste….
ON EST OU LA???!!! C'EST GATE!!!!
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Messagepar sfacault » Ven Mar 09, 2007 9:43 pm

Toutes nos condelances aux victimes.
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Messagepar maestrout » Ven Mar 09, 2007 11:45 pm

Paix à leurs âmes. Qu'Il nous prépare pour sa rencontre, amen !
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Messagepar Nefertiti » Dim Mar 11, 2007 11:18 pm

Allah ka hinè taba la, kou ka djouroumou be yafa. Amina :(
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Messagepar diana » Mer Mar 14, 2007 9:35 pm

Je souhaite que les ames de ts les victimes de ce triste incendie reposent dans le paradie de Allah,le bon Dieu.
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Messagepar maamy » Jeu Mar 15, 2007 10:07 am

Amina :cry:
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Messagepar Belko » Sam Mar 24, 2007 5:09 pm

Le NY Times révèle la vie 'cachée' des illégaux Ouest Africains

Le grand quotidien new-yorkais, le New York Times vient de publier un article dans lequel il révèle la vie "cachée" des milliers d'émigrants ouest africains, notamment sénégalais et maliens, établis dans la cité américaine et vivant pour la plupart dans l'illégalité.

L'article, signé par Michael Powell et Nina Bernstein, fait suite au tragique incendie survenu dans la nuit du mercredi 7 au jeudi 8 mars dans le quartier new yorkais du Bronx, et dans lequel une dizaine de personnes dont une grande majorité d'enfants issus de deux familles ont trouvé la mort.

Selon les chiffres fournis par le journal, le nombre d'Ouest Africains à New York serait de 50.000 environ. Quelque 6 à 10.000 d'entre eux seraient des Maliens, dont les premières vagues sont entrés dans le pays dans les années 70 et 80.

Parmi les pratiques qui placent ces émigrants dans l'illégalité, figurent le fait de ne pas détenir de documents de séjour délivrés par les services d'immigration américains, mais aussi d'autres pratiques qui les mettent en marge de la loi, comme la polygamie, légale en Afrique mais interdite aux USA.

Selon le journal seule une poignée de ces Ouest Africains parviennent en fin de compte à obtenir la citoyenneté américaine.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/23/nyreg ... ygamy.html
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