A Bronx Tragedy

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Neighbors leave items at a makeshift memorial for victims of a Bronx residential fire in New York, Friday, March 9, 2007. Eight children and one adult died in the city's deadliest fire in 17 years on Thursday.


Dear Readers:

You probably might have already heard about the tragedy that befell Malian families in the Bronx this past Thursday.

Eight children and one adult woman were killed in a fire which devastated a three-storey building in the New York City borough of the Bronx. It is so hard for the communities here to come to terms with such a terrible tragedy. The fire is suspected to have been caused by an electric heater in the basement.

Members of the community and throughout New York are responding kindly to the families and friends undergoing great pain at this time. African communities within the New York boroughs are also collectively reaching out in different ways.

If you can, in your individual capacity, reach out to the families, I believe that your gesture will be very much appreciated. The African Services Committee is collecting donations to help victims of the fire, including those who were injured and are currently in the hospital. Here is the website of the African Services Committee. http://africanservices.org and the phone: 

(212) 222-3882

Thank you for your kindness and please feel free to pass this on to anyone who can help.

Publisher's Note: The Black Star News will be donating $1,000 towards the relief effort. We encourage our readers all over the world to donate what they can.

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