Musa; five-year-old boy who saved his 7-month-old brother’s life

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Musa, 5, with his brother Alimamy, 7 months old at Susan’s Bay, May 2021. Photo Credit: Abdul Sillah Save the Children

When the fire incident devasted the lives of over 1,700 hundred households in Susan’s Bay on March 14, there was no death recorded. This could have been a different story, had it not been for five-year-old Musa. While everyone was frantically recovering properties from burning houses and fleeing to safety, Musa went into their house filled with smoke to rescue his 7-month-old brother, Alimamy.

Musa and Alimamy were left with their grandmother while his mother Hannah Sesay, was out selling at the market. He was inside the house when he heard the noise outside. He came out to see what was happening and noticed people running about and got frightened.

“I called out to my grandma but did not hear any response. I stood at the door crying when I heard Alimamy crying inside the house. I stopped crying and immediately went in the house to take him. I pulled him out and walked with him down to the gutter to hide.”

Because Alimamy could not stop crying Musa realized he could not leave him where had gone to hide inside the house. So, he rushed back inside to get him out.

Hannah Sesay, Musa’s mother is among 800 people who benefitted the Le 500,000 Save the Children donated to the most vulnerable households in Susan’s Bay.

Despite losing everything, Hannah is very grateful for having both her children alive and well. She plans to use the money to buy uniforms for Musa, restart her business and buy some new cloths for Musa and Alimamy.