Apam chiefs perform rituals ahead of burial of 14 bodies today
The Chiefs and Elders of Apam Traditional Area in the Gomoa West District in the Central Region yesterday performed rituals to pacify the gods of the land ahead of a joint final burial ceremony today for the 14 children who lost their lives after drowning in the sea last Sunday.
According to Nana Obokomatta the IX, Amakorahene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council who led a delegation to perform the rituals, the rituals were in preparation to perform the necessary traditional rites to pave the way for the children to be buried.
He said, as part of the rituals, a cow and a sheep were slaughtered and libation poured and other necessary rites performed to clear the way for the burial of the teenagers.
He urged parents to take care of their children in order for this atrocity not to ever happen again.
Since the government issued a ban on all forms of activities at the beach because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the chiefs had continually sensitised the people to abide by the directive, he added.
Nana OkoforAmeseh Annan III, Gomoa Akyempim Somakuahene said 13 bodies had been retrieved who are in the ages between 14 and 15.
By performing the rituals, the remaining body would be retrieved which would pave way for the final burial rites for the children.
Ama Mansah, a mother who lost her only son called on the authorities to ensure that the government directives of people not swimming at the beaches were adhered to.