Emotional story of a visually-impaired Ghanaian who survived the mudslide

The disaster happened last Monday after the homes of those in Freetown were engulfed following the collapse of a part of the Sugar Loaf Mountain after a heavy downpour.

Several of the victims were asleep when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Nana Osei Kwabena, in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM said neighbours pulled him out of his flooded home at about 3 am that fateful day.

According to him, he left Ghana 30 years ago to take up coaching jobs in some other African countries.

After spending four years in Togo and two years in Ivory Coast all taking coaching jobs, he went to Sierra Leone to improve the quality of football in the country.

He said after winning several trophies, he returned briefly to Ghana in 1999. He, however, retired from football when he came back to Sierra Leone and started having problems with his sight.

"My eye no dey see proper", Nana said in pidgin, adding that "as soon as I see small, I dey go home".

He nearly died last week during the mudslide, but his neighbours came to his rescue.

He lost several items in the disaster, including those sent to him by his children in America and Holland.

According to him, he has been advised several times to move from his home because it was a disaster zone.

He disclosed that he built a house in a much better place but he lost the building to his wife after she filed for a divorce.

Nana currently lives with a grandchild but he is contemplating returning home due to the disaster.


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