BCC– BANJUL MUSLIM CEMETERY IS OVERWHELMED WITH DEAD BODIES. BCC MUST EXPEDITE THE PROCESS OF RELOCATING IT TO A NEW PLACE!
The Availability Of Burial Space At The Banjul Muslim Cemetery Is Becoming A Real Challenge Due To The Increasing Deaths From The Pandemic. Right Now The Only Cemetery For Banjul Is Full To Capacity.Existing graves are being used to bury dead bodies on top of Each Other!
The limited available space at the main graveyard of Banjul is overwhelmed with daily burials of five or six bodies due to the rise in coronavirus pandemic in the country. According to officials from the Red Cross Society, 36 deaths have been confirmed since last week which are related to the covid-19 and this has created many challenges for dignified burials. Thepossibility of mass burials are still in the cards if the death toll continue to rise. Consequently, there is every reason to believe that the current mayor of BCC will make everything possible to tackle the problem of burial land space with the relevant government authorities for a permanent solution within the capital area.
In 2014, a passionate plea was made for the City Council to start planning for another burial site suitably located near the capital city as the present site was increasingly becoming over used for burial. At that time, the late Mr. Lie Bah was the Mayor, Dr. Malick Samba was the President of the Banjul Muslim Elders and Alhagie Mansour Njie was the Spokesperson of thecommittee – all of blessed memories. Relocating the existing cemetery became very controversial as one of the site most suitable site for a graveyard near Banjul was transformed into a farm by the former president.
Demolishing the existing graves with caterpillars or bulldozers disturbing the peaceful rest of those buried in there, is a sign of disrespect to the dead. It is unacceptable to perform burials on top of existing graves! Cemeteries remind us of the depth of our empathy and respect for the deceased. This is mostly manifested during the Muslim holy feasts when many converged into the final resting places of our departed parents, grand-parents, sisters, brothers or loved ones to offer prayers and pay respect to them. The reality of death must come to everyone and preserving the cemeteries is sign of respect for the deceased and the verbalization of our culture. The recycling of grave sites atthe Banjul cemetery when there are available land space being used for other private purposes should be condemned unreservedly.
The rising incidence of covid-19 deaths is making it more and more necessary to relocate to a new cemetery. We can no longer sit in dead silence and allow the undignified mass burial of those dying from the scourge. The BCC Mayor should make it a top priority to immediately address the pressing issue of constructing alternative burial ground for Banjulians if she wants to leave behind a lasting legacy and follow her late father’s footsteps. We must honor the dead!
Written By: A Concerned Citizen (From Banjul)