The Adventist development and relief agency ADRA stands ready to respond to the needs in Bogoso as more details become known about the extent of the damage caused by a huge explosion at Apiate between Bogoso and Bordea in the western region on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Whilst communications still remain limited as to the cause of the explosion, the explosion has killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 100 others as well as
leveling several buildings in the area.

The town of Apiate has been left deserted following an explosion that occurred after a truck conveying mining explosives crashed with a motorcycle according to reports. The explosion has damaged homes, churches, and other public infrastructures. Some Adventist church buildings have been impacted including the Apiate Company Church.

Pastor Alfred Kwasi Asiem, the Southern Ghana Union Conference Youth Director, representing ADRA gave the rationale for the visit to Bogoso. The ADRA Rapid Needs Assessment Team is here to see the extent of damage and what the church and ADRA can do to bring relief to the affected community. We’ve been able to speak to the chief, and we have also spoken to the assemblyman in charge of the Apiate community and some community members. Pastor Asiem Said.

Pastor Asiem speaking to the house of chiefs of Bogoso assured them that ADRA and the Adventist Church would do all they can to support the affected families to ensure that normalcy is brought back to the town.

The assemblyman for the Apiate community in an interview with Hope Adventist News expressed his joy for the support and help ADRA stands to give to the people of Apiate.

The district pastor for Bogoso, Pastor Samuel Kwabena Baffoe also said they do not have a place of worship because of the incident and pleaded with various churches, conferences, and unions to help them rebuild a church. He added that all the members have been affected by the incident, and the district together with the West-Central Ghana Conference has been able to donate to them. The people showed appreciation for the church, and it is not only the Seventh-Day Adventist church members that were presented to but all those who have been affected by the incident.

Some affected community members shared their experiences with ADRA Ghana.

ADRA Provides assistance to those in need after the tragic event in Bogoso

ADRA is the humanitarian wing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which has since 1983, partnered with governments, local communities, and organizations to offer relief in times of crises and sustainable development interventions to improve lives.

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