…relatives say she refused their shelter
“I come to work about 7.30 and see her…I wondered what was going on!” said a security guard employed with the Georgetown Public Hospital to oversee the parked vehicles of doctors and other staff members.
What he was wondering about was the fact that a woman was lying on the corner of East and New Market Streets calling out to passers-by. The woman was stark naked and she was asking people to hold her hand and move her.
A disgusted public-spirited citizen who had attempted to contact the Human Services Ministry to inform them about the situation called Kaieteur News.
The man said that he reported what he saw on his way to work, but the person at the other end of the line kept giving him another number to call and he did not want to end up in a situation where he would keep getting forwarded to department after department. So he called this newspaper instead, hoping that something could be done.
Another public-spirited citizen had done her duty. She found some clothing nearby and put them on the naked woman. Speaking to the nearby guard, we learnt that “…she was out here since early morning… …a lady…an old black woman found the clothes down there and put them on her. I get to understand she from Parika…Up to yesterday she was by Big Market.”
But this was not quite true. Bibi, as we later learnt her name was, is from Cane Grove and is in her mid-fifties. Her husband is dead and she has three grown children. No one was quite sure how she came to be naked on the road.
But this newspaper made some calls and struck it lucky. We found a relative of Bibi’s who promised to call her children so they could go and get her off the road.
Unfortunately, the situation is that Bibi has five children (three boys and two girls), two of whom live out of the country.
And the story is really sad. Bibi was married and had borne her husband three children and was pregnant with the fourth. The husband left her and migrated without looking back. Bibi suffered a mental breakdown following his betrayal. When she was somewhat recovered, she began to walk the streets, sleeping outdoors and begging. During her life on the streets, she became pregnant and bore another child.
Bibi’s relative told this newspaper that of the very large extended family, almost all tried to help her. Taking her in and keeping her. She always left after a while and would resume her life on the streets.
Her son, who the relative had contacted, has become numb over the situation, and declares (according to the relative) that he is “not able with her, that she has brought disgrace upon the family”
Up to news time, Bibi was still on the streets.
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