The son of Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, has died following a dog bite.
The president-elect announced the death of his seven year old son, Habib Barrow, on Facebook with a photo of Islamic clerics standing in front of a covered coffin.
began the official announcement with an Arabic text from the Quran “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” which translates as “we surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”
“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our 7-year-old beloved son Habib Barrow, after being bitten by a dog yesterday.
“May the Almighty God watch over your beautiful,young and gentle soul. We have loved you in life and you shall forever remain in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has got a plan for you our beloved son,” he added.
The news of the death of his son would inevitably cause great pain for Mr Barrow especially because he was not in the country at the moment the incident happened and not present for the funeral which followed a day later.
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Adama Barrow is currently in neighbouring Senegal where President Macky Sall has agreed to shelter him until his on Thursday January 19.
His political rival, Yahya Jammeh has refused to concede defeat in the December elections and despite political isolation from fellow African leaders, is determined in his quest to seek a re-election.