Residents of demolished house appeal for help

Friday, December 15, 2017

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THE residents of Rosemary Lane in downtown Kingston whose house was demolished on Sunday are now appealing to the public for help to rebuild.

The derelict building, which was home to six people, was demolished after a part of the structure collapsed and injured a two-year-old boy last Wednesday. The boy's leg was broken and he received an injury to his head.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the location on Tuesday, 55-year-old Patrica Morle said she had been living there for more than six years.

“A kotch mi kotch,” Morle said when asked where she is now living since being displaced.

The 55-year-old woman, who is unemployed, said she uses a tarpaulin to cover her clothes, food and appliances that she had removed from the house. However, she complained to the Observer that people steal the food items during the night.

Morle went on to say that the land owner has given her and the other occupants permission to rebuild on the property.

“If Food For the Poor or Father Ho Lung coulda jus' drop back sumting in deh suh mek wi live... mi nah nuh weh fi go,” Morle said.

Those who lived in the derelict building aren't the only ones that have been displaced since Sunday. A vendor who had a stall in front of the building said she has also been affected.

Sharlene Tucker said her stall was destroyed while the building was being demolished.

She, too, is pleading for assistance to rebuild her stall so she can restart her business.

— Shernette Johnson




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