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Mother of 10 needs help to get land for FFP house

Monday, March 05, 2018

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A mother of 10 who had to flee her home in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, after hoodlums issued death and rape threats to her and her 13-year-old daughter needs help.

The woman, in a 2017 Jamaica Observer North & East report said that the so-called area don had threatened to rape her daughter and when she refused, his cronies threatened to kill her and her family. She subsequently fled to a rural community where she has been living an uncomfortable life since.

Following the Observer North & East report, a team from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation met with the woman to discuss her current living conditions.

“The information obtained and evidence seen on a subsequent site visit, confirms that [the woman] and her family are living in conditions unsuitable for human habitation. Based on the findings of the investigation, the family will be provided with a double wooden Food For the Poor (FFP) unit through the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme...” the ministry said at the time in an e-mail response to Observer North & East.

However, last Wednesday when Observer North & East visited the woman, she was still living in poor conditions with her children.

She told Observer North & East that the ministry said that the place she fled to, which is owned by a family member, is not suitable for a house.

“Dem come and check it out but then dem seh it's too hilly, so they can't build on it and that I need to find a better piece of land. Everywhere I go people say dem not selling their land or leasing it so that's why you see us still living here,” the woman said.

Her children, whose ages range from three to 21, are frequently absent from school, sometimes go without food and are bundled in a one bedroom botched up just below the main road in the community she fled to just over a year ago.

“Nothing has changed,” she said. “I am asking anybody please if you have land leasing or selling to let me know,” she pleaded.

In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for the Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investment portfolios, Daryl Vaz, when contacted, said that he will look into the matter for future assistance.

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— Kimone Francis

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