Tears Flow For Poisoned Kids

Tears flowed profusely at the burial service of the two little girls whose lives came to a tragic end on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Essikado in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of the Western Region.

They were allegedly poisoned to death by their biological mother, who is believed to be mentally deranged.

The mother, Naana Bray, 45, was suspected to have mixed a poisonous substance with beverage which was consumed by the two children – Maame Serwaa Afful and Abena Affulba Afful – aged 8 and 6 respectively, leading to their demise.

According to family members, Naana became mentally deranged after giving birth to her second daughter, Maame Affulba.

The hundreds of mourners, who attended the burial service at the St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Sekondi yesterday, could not hold back their tears, particularly when the caskets containing the mortal remains of the kids were being conveyed to the cemetery for interment.

The mourners included the father of the deceased children, Ebenezer Afful, a tutor at Sekondi College. The rest were family members of the parents, members of the Anglican Church, teachers and class mates of the deceased, the clergy from the Catholic and Methodist Churches, among others.

Prior to the burial service, the mortal remains of the late siblings were conveyed to the father’s house at Butumagyebu (BU) near Sekondi, for a brief family ritual and thence to the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church for the burial service.

In a sermon, Rt. Rev Col (Rtd) John Kwamena Otoo, Bishop of the Anglican Church, admonished the family members to give thanks to God in all situations, stressing that whatever took place was to be entrusted into the hands of God.

“Thanks to Jesus Christ that we have now come to understand that death is a temporary passage from man’s hard work on earth to heaven where there is everlasting joy,” he noted.

Despite the promise of heaven, he said, death was still fearsome and thanked God for giving Christians victory over death.

He also asked the family members to continue to pray for God’s divine protection and not to grieve like people who have no hope, adding that the kingdom of God belongs to children such as the deceased.

Professor Joseph Benjamin Archibald Afful, an elder brother of the father of the deceased who read the father’s tribute, described the deceased children as ‘precious ones.’

‘You were my hope and an epitome of discipline, excellence, passion and beauty. How jealous the devil is! May your innocent souls rest in peace,’ the father stated in his tribute.

Madam Mary Boham, headmistress of St Andrew’s Anglican Complex School which the deceased children were attending, described Maame Serwaa Afful and Abena Affulba Afful as academically good.

She revealed that Serwaa Afful had interest in Information Communication Technology (ICT) while her sister also had interest in ICT and Mathematics.

After the burial service, the mortal remains of the two children were carried to the Ketan Road cemetery for interment.

Meanwhile, Ebenezer Afful, the husband of Naana Bray, had revealed that his wife once threatened to kill their children.

‘My wife threatened to kill the children. She told one of my sisters that she (Naana) would kill the children herself and everything would end there,’ Mr Afful asserted.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Mr Ebenezer Afful indicated that he had been married to Naana since 2007 but had to leave the matrimonial home due to the wife’s mental illness.

According to him, when Naana was behaving strangely and was with the children at Essikado, he made an attempt to take them away from her with the assistance of staff of the Department of Social Welfare, but did not succeed.

Mr Ebenezer Afful told the paper that some family members of the wife, particularly the brothers, became a stumbling block in his attempt to take the children away.

Naana Bray, who once worked with the National Commission on Culture (now Centre for National Culture) of the Western Regional Coordinating Council after her university education, is currently at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region receiving treatment.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi

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