Teenage mom seeks assistance
When Sharika Dunn walked into THE STAR office earlier this week, the scars on her arms were visible.
She stated that she is lucky to be alive after she was beaten and stabbed several times by a group of women in her community, following a verbal confrontation with her child's father last month.
"One of them sprinkle mi with some white, powdery substance and then the rest just start bite mi, stab and beat mi. Mi try fight them back, but they started to beat mi up more and one a dem hang on to mi lip and bite mi. Them tear off mi clothes off a mi, and is a woman have to give mi a blouse to put on back," she said.
The mother of a three-year-old girl, Dunn says she is having trouble providing for her child and is seeking the public's assistance in getting a job.
Dunn said her she and her siblings were placed into state care after her mother passed away when she was 10 years old.
Her only source of funds comes from the stipends she receives from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and a practical nursing school she currently attends.
"Is December mi a finish school, so after next month mi don't know how it ago go, because mi nah work. Mi would really waan someone help me with a little work, because I want to be able to provide for my daughter like a real mother. I get assistance from family overseas and from persons who see us and like we. Although mi really appreciate it, mi would want do mi own thing," she said.
The 19-year old also used the opportunity to offer words of advise to other teenagers.
She stated that in addition to being a single mother, she was also beaten and battered by her former spouse and is encouraging women to walk away from abusive relationships.
"Mi honestly sorry mi did run away from the home dem and go live with man at the young age of 13, because it just wasn't worth it. If I know then what I know now, my life would be better, and mi a encourage all a the little girls dem to listen to dem parents because them really mean unuh good," she said.