"Why so soon, Faith?" This heartbreaking question echoes the pain of a grieving mother, mourning the loss of her beloved child. She had envisioned a bright future for her 12-year-old daughter, Faith Martha Saccoh, dreaming of the day when Faith would grow into a successful and influential individual, perhaps a doctor, pilot, engineer, or nurse, to make her proud.
The tragedy unfolded on the early morning of Thursday, March 5th, 2020. After their usual family dinner, Faith kissed her mother and two little sisters goodnight and retired to bed. The next morning, Faith's mother, Zinnah Sandy, noticed that Faith had overslept, unusual for her diligent daughter. Concerned, she attempted to rouse Faith for school, but to no avail. Panicked, she dialed the Swedish emergency number, summoning medical assistance.
Within minutes, an ambulance and helicopter arrived, but despite their efforts, Faith could not be revived. Rushed to the hospital, Faith was declared gone, leaving behind a void that can never be filled.
Faith was more than a child; she was an angel among us. Described as unique, humble, respectful, delightful, and charismatic, her presence brought joy to all who knew her. Her sudden departure has left the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) community reeling with sadness, grief, and disbelief. Faith was not just a member but a beacon of hope for the future, a potential leader cherished by all.
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Faith was laid to rest at the Tveta cemetery in Södertälje, following a touching funeral service at Saint Ragnhilds Church. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many attended, showing their love and respect for Faith, including members of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean communities in Sweden (Faith's father is Sierra Leonean).
At the repass, LSA President David Ford extended heartfelt condolences to the grieving family on behalf of the community. A purse of financial donations was presented, aiming to ease the family's burden during this difficult time.
To our dear Faith - "We will always love and miss you, little Angel. May you rest in eternal peace."