Woman wants to be rescued from ‘hard life’

February 18, 2019
Magdalene Carter cries as she explains how difficult her life has been.
Magdalene Carter cries as she explains how difficult her life has been.
Magdalene Carter and her son, Kenneth Jones.
Magdalene Carter and her son, Kenneth Jones.
This one-room structure is what Magdalene Carter calls home.
This one-room structure is what Magdalene Carter calls home.
Magdalene Carter moves around in this area she uses for her kitchen.
Magdalene Carter moves around in this area she uses for her kitchen.
These are some of Magdalene Carter’s most prized possessions.
These are some of Magdalene Carter’s most prized possessions.
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Magdalene Carter stood at the door of her one-room dwelling, crying as she told THE STAR how difficult her life has been.

She said that growing up, she was raped twice - at 13 years old and 15 years old. She got pregnant the second time she was raped, but her child, a daughter, was taken away from her by the State.

Now 46 years old, her life has not got any better. Her home is a shack at the end of a dirt track about 10 minutes' walk from the main road in Eleven Miles, Bull Bay. The one-bedroom house is home to her and her 21-year-old son, Kenneth Jones. But their home has no basic amenities.

"Mi nuh have no electricity. Mi use mi lamp fi light, and mi ketch water from people pipe. Wi nuh have no toilet, but wi know what to do, wi use di bush," she said.

Inside the house, the sponge mattress that she shares with her son is her only piece of furniture. And her most prized possessions are posters and calendars that she collects and uses as mats and carpets, but they also serve as decoration for her home.

At the back of the room is a stone-floored, makeshift kitchen where she cooks little meals for herself and her son in a coal pot.

This has been Carter's home for more than 20 years, but she wants this to change.

"Life is very hard. I cannot sweep mi yaad in peace because di people dem allow dem dawg and dem goat fi come a mi yaad come dirty it up. I can't lock mi door, and dawg all come inside mi house," she said.

She said that she tries to do little jobs to help herself but is often robbed by the people she works for.

"Sometime mi work fi people -mi wash, clean and iron - but dem tek up any likkle ting gimme. Dem don't give mi di right money, so if anything happen, mi caan look bout miself. Some will give mi $300, and some will give mi $200," she said.

Carter said that her son suffered from epilepsy growing up, and because of his frequent seizures, he did not go to school.

She also admitted that she did not get a birth certificate for him.

"I don't have no money fi tek out him birth certificate, weh cudda help him get likkle work and so on," she said.

For Carter, any help is welcome.

"Mi want help - anything - if it's even food," she said.

Persons wishing to help Magdalene Carter may do so by contacting the Association of Businesspersons, which first highlighted her situation. They can be contacted via email atujp.aobja@gmail.com or by calling 876-453-2191. Donations can also be made through the Association of Businesspersons' First Global Bank account at the New Kingston branch, with account number 1009851.

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