Ghana Church choir reformed after members killed in bus tragedy

St Peter's Catholic parish in Abuakwa, Ghana, has wasted no time in recruiting 36 new members to its parish choir after its previous 34 members lost their lives in a tragic bus accident.

GhanaHomePage reports that the new choir, formed at Abuakwa at the weekend, were selected from communities making up the parish: Sepaase, Abuakwa, Apatrapa, Maakro and Atwima-Mim.

Mr Stephen Osei-Poku, Abuakwa Parish Catechist said this week contrary to expectations that most parishioners would feel reluctant to join the choir, the new members were imbued with renewed enthusiasm and drive in the belief that those who perished were now "resting in the bosom of Abraham".

He said the new choir was more poised to sing to the glory of God and evangelise the world to emulate the good works of the departed souls.

About a month ago, 34 choristers belonging to the Abuakwa parish were killed when a Mercedes Benz 207 bus on which they were travelling from Abuakwa to Akwaboah collided head-on with an oncoming city bus. The drivers of both vehicles also lost their lives.

As fate would have it, the choir members were on their way to a funeral of a priest perished in a vehicle accident on the same stretch of highway.

Abuakwa parish choir reconstituted after 34 members die (GhanaHomePage 20/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Is it really the 207 bus? (AllAfrica.com 29/5/06)

Ghana bus collision kills 35 (ABC News 17/5/06)
Journey of no return, It was indeed a great funeral (Accra Daily Mail 22/5/06)
Assembly donates toward funeral of 34 parishioners (GhanaHomePage 22/5/06)
CPP Expresses Condolences To Families Of Accident Victims (Graphic Ghana 25/5/2006)
Rejoinder To Calls To Ban Mercedes 207 Mini Bus (GhanaHomePage 25/5/06)
Highway slaughter, 35 bodies dismembered (Ghana Review International 17/5/06)

22 Jun 2006