The government and people of Antigua and Barbuda have reached out to the
people of Guyana to express heartfelt condolences over the tragic loss of life,
following a fire at a school dormitory in the country’s interior.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne penned a letter to Guyanese President Mohammad
Irfaan Ali, not only expressing sadness at the loss of life of nineteen young people
but also the severe injuries to others.
PM Browne has instructed that one of the LIAT ATR aircraft travel to Guyana to
assist with transporting victims to a burn centre in Barbados.
Following the full text of the Prime Minister letter:
I have learned of the tragedy that occurred in Guyana and of the loss of life of 19 young students in a fire that engulfed their sleeping quarters. Please accept my deepest sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda. The heartbreak which their parents are suffering surely impel us all to act to bring calm and peace to those who grieve.
My Government has also learned of the injured students whom the Guyanese authorities wish to fly out to Barbados, in order to provide them specialist medical treatment. A burn unit in Barbados is to be put to use to the benefit of these children, the world has learned.
I have authorized the use of the LIAT ATR that is being used for commercial purposes to immediately proceed to Guyana, in order to airlift those injured students and their medical personnel to Barbados. Working in collaboration with the Court–appointed administrator, I have indicated that all costs are to be borne by Antigua and Barbuda.
I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured students and express the sympathies of the people of Antigua and Barbuda for this immense tragedy. I also take this opportunity to reiterate, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.