Family Living In Terror As Mysterious Fire Guts Down Huts
A family from Matope homestead in Muoko Village, under Chief Marange, is living in fear after a mysterious fire torched three huts and reduced all household property to nothing.
The family had to seek refuge in the fields 500 meters away from their home after the fire terrorized them as it occasionally resurfaces burning thatch grass, maize barns and other belongings.
Although no family member has been injured in the process, harsh conditions made them move since the family has a baby who is three months.
The baby has never known the comfort of a decent home, as she is being exposed to the wind and blazing sun, making her vulnerable to diseases.
Members of the community have been hesitant to give the family refuge due to superstitious fears.
“It is a sign that something is wrong within the family, but we have no idea what it is and what caused it,” said a dejected Chipo.
“The strange fire started on June 13 when I had just given birth to a bouncing girl child. It gutted our kitchen and burnt maize and other few items that were inside it.
“Three days later the fire resurfaced and burnt our bedroom hut. The fire later razed another hut before we decided to vacate the homestead. We are now living in the open and in perpetual fear,” she said.
“We have been living on handouts after all our maize and property was incinerated in the inferno. We are living in fear because we do not know the source of the fire or what to do to rectify the problem. I spent the better part of the day holding my baby because she is not safe under these harsh conditions.
Consulting traditional leaders and prophets has been fruitless as nothing changed.
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