Woman trying to find a home for her family soon after losing dad, brother in house fire

Woman trying to find a home for her family soon after losing dad, brother in house fire
Trying times: Yewn (second from right), her mother and her two disabled brothers are currently staying at her mother-in-law’s rented house in Lok Kawi.

KOTA KINABALU: Single mother Charlene Yewn has been fighting to put out one fire after another since she lost her father and a brother in a blaze several weeks ago.

While still trying to come to terms with their deaths, Yewn, 31, has to worry about finding a home for her two children, two mentally challenged brothers aged 22 and 30, and her elderly mother.

"I need to find a roof over our head, somewhere which offers cheap rental," she said.

"After my father and brother died in the fire that destroyed our rented house in Penampang, my family and I have no where to go. We are temporarily staying with my mother-in-law," she said.

"I have no permanent job but I am helping out at my mother-in-law's sundry shop in Lok Kawi. So, if I can get a place to stay nearby, it would be easier for me to go to work," she said in an interview.

She could not find a regular job as her brothers' health condition required her to supervise them constantly while her children, aged two and four, also needed her attention.

Her mother suffered a stroke recently and now had problems walking.

"That is why I can only help out at the sundry shop for now," she said.

She said she used to have a permanent job before she got married but had to quit after giving birth to her first child four years ago.

"I don't have much money as my husband left us without any news," she said.

"So far, I am thankful to my in-laws who have helped me so much since the fire. Without them, my family and I would be living on the streets," she said.

Yewn said she hoped someone would help her find a centre to take in her two brothers so that she could go to work during the day.

"I have visited almost all of the centres in Kota Kinabalu and even in Kinarut some 21km away but to no avail.

"I don't know what else to do," she said tearfully.

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