Villagio Mall fire, Doha
Every parent hugged their children a little tighter this morning as we read about the 13 children – all younger than four – their teachers and the two brave firemen who died in the fire.
How does a parent get through something like that, especially the Weekes family, who lost triplets who were just two years old?
It’s every parent’s nightmare that something happens to the children while they’re supposed to be in a safe environment. We check nurseries for cleanliness, for English-speaking staff, for a good curriculum and bright, child-friendly facilities – but I, for one, have never asked about evacuation drills, nor checked for sprinklers and fire exits.
But, as stories of collapsing stairs, defunct sprinklers and badly marked exits start to emerge regarding the Doha tragedy, I doubt I’ll be the only one looking at my children’s school and nursery with fresh eyes tomorrow morning.
My thoughts are with all those touched by this tragedy.