Rapper and singer, Cardi B, has offered to pay for all the funerals of the victims of the deadly Bronx fire.
On January 9th, a blazing flame ripped through a Bronx apartment building, taking the lives of 17 people, mainly Muslims. The youngest victim was only two-year-old.
After an investigation was conducted, it was discovered that an electric space heater caused the initial fire, which then filled the 19-story building with thick smoke. An official from the local fire department told CNN that several space heaters had been running for days inside the apartment where the deadly fire started and that they were only discovered after they sifted through the rubble.
All the victims’ cause of death were ruled an accident after they suffered from smoke inhalation.
Just a few days after the tragic incident, rapper and Bronx native, Cardi B, came forward and offered to pay for all the funerals of the victims so that they could have their “final wishes.”
The 29-year-old said: “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still.”
She continued: “So when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”
The state of New York has also announced that it will be offering a 2 million dollar fund to help all the victims affected by the fire.
“We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. “The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbours in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”
Haji Dukuray, who lost 5 members of his family in the blaze described Cardi B as an “angel” and added: “I can’t thank you, you know, my family cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done. I don’t know you, I’m sure you’ve never heard of my family… All I could do is pray to Allah for you. May Allah give you all your wishes and grant you everything in this world and in the hereafter for all that you’re asking for.”
This tragic story is a culmination of poor housing by the government and a lack of care for Black and Brown lives. It’s no secret that poorly constructed housing is offered to immigrants to settle in and they’re the only ones that suffer as a result of officials cutting corners or opting to pick cheap materials to construct these said buildings. The United Kingdom saw a similar incident when the Grenfell apartment complex in London went up in flames. Unfortunately, the death count was considerably higher as 72 people, mainly immigrants and Muslims yet again, died from similar smoke inhalation causes.
Remember the victims of the Bronx fire. Say their names. Pray for them and their loved ones.
Fatoumata Drammeh, 50, female; Foutmala Drammeh, 21, female; Muhammed Drammeh, 12, male; Nyumaaisha Drammeh, 19, female; Haji Dukary, 49, male; Fatoumata Dukureh, 5, female; Haja Dukureh, 37, female; Mariam Dukureh, 11, female; Mustapha Dukureh, 12, male; Omar Jambang, 6, male; Sera Janneh, 27, female; Haouwa Mahamadou, 5, female; Seydou Toure, 12, male; Fatoumata Tunkara, 43, female; Isatou Jabbie, 31, female; Hagi Jawara, 47, male; Ousmane Konteh, 2, male.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May Allah grant them the highest rank in Jannah.