MOTHER OF NINE TIRED OF LIVING IN SHOP
Christina Henry is 41 years old and has nine children. She lives in an old, abandoned shop in an area called Red Square in Bucknor, Clarendon.
Henry has a four-month-old, a two-year-old and an 11-year-old living with her in the insect-infested space which is surrounded by wasp nests on the outside of the derelict building that can barely provide shelter for its inhabitants.
She told THE STAR that her rent is $2,000 per month, but now she needs a place to stay as conditions there are unbearable.
“Mi really need a place fi stay because they come remove the windows and doors, because they want to get us out and we tired a it. Mi feel real bad because mi no have nowhere to go,” Henry said.
“The owner a bad me up fi come out of him place, but mi can’t leave because I have nowhere fi mi and mi kids go. A nuff time people beg fi mi stay here, but I don’t know how much longer I can stay.”
Attempts to reach the landlord proved futile yesterday.
Two of her older children, one 16 and the other 17, stay with friends in the community.
The distraught mother had moved into the current house after her forced relocation from a family home which was constantly flooded whenever it rained.
“The gully always come up at times and the water damage the furniture in the house, so we had to move; we couldn’t stay there,” she said.
Three of Henry’s children are of school age. She said that they have been removed from the government-sponsored Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) because of irregular attendance.
Children on PATH who are between age six and eighteen years must maintain a minimum school attendance record of 85 per cent in order to benefit from the cash transfer provided by the Government.
Henry, meanwhile, said she is hoping to land a job in order to improve the fortunes of her family.
“Mi want a work day’s work or any hustling mi willing fi go do supm fi support them. My family refuse to help me because they say I just keep having the children, now I realise that when its too late. I never use to use protection, but now I’m on protection,” she said.
Persons who would like to assist Christina Henry may call her at 291-4045.