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Survivors Of Kaduna Blast Recount Ordeal

Survivors Of Kaduna Blast Recount Ordeal

With more victims of Sunday bomb attack on St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Badarwa, Kaduna, being treated and discharged from hospitals, survivors are still haunted by the experience with one saying the sound of explosion denies him of sleep.

Security was tight at the 44 Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna, where 35 members of the church, among them 21 children, were being treated. But a nurse at the hospital, who did not want to be mentioned, informed Vanguard that six victims were treated and certified fit to go home.

She said: “Many of them will be discharged by tomorrow. Only a few may stay here longer than a week. They are responding wonderfully.”

‘I want to forget this’

A wife of one of the victims, Mrs Sarah Shindong, who spoke to Vanguard outside the ward, where her husband was being treated, said he had lacerations on his head, but that the man wanted to go home.

She said: “My husband is not happy staying here. I believe that if they allow him to go home and be returning for treatment, he will get better. The children are getting sick without him and the family is never the same if he is not at home.

“They restrict visits here, and the children are so close to their daddy. He eats, speaks and walks.

“I wish he gets out of here so that we can put this thing behind us. I have not slept for four hours since last Sunday.”

At the St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, where 14 wounded worshippers are receiving treatment, some unconfirmed number of the wounded had been allowed to return home. Mrs Rita Ejiro and her four children, all below the age of eight, were among the victims being treated at the hospital.

‘I can’t sleep’

Mathew Kayit, a 21-year-old student of Kaduna Poly, told Vanguard: “I still hear the sound of the blast each time I try to close my eyes and sleep.

“I think my chest still hurts. But I feel safe and better here with the doctors always coming around to see and talk to me. The nurses and everyone are just good.

“Yesterday, the governor came and we shook hands. They care about us here very well. I am very grateful.”

At Garkuwa Hospital, Vanguard gathered that out of the 16 receiving treatment, four were discharged.

However, most of the survivors treated at the hospital did not speak to newsmen and the Medical Director was not on seat when Vanguard visited.

‘Can man do

this to humans?’

Father of one of the victims, who said his name should not be mentioned, told Vanguard that he was shocked that a human being would want to kill people he did not know and had no issues with.

He said: “I thank God that my daughter is alive and is responding to treatment. May God show us the wisdom to live with one another.”

At the Multi-Clinics Hospital, where Rev. Father Mike Bonni was being treated, a horde of sympathisers gathered but were barred from seeing him by a policeman, who said he was acting on instruction.

It was, however, confirmed that he was fast recovering and may be discharged before weekend.

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