Apr 24, 2011 News
The Amerindian Hostel in New Amsterdam provides boarding and lodging for Amerindians who live in the riverain and far-flung areas in the Berbice River, and even elsewhere.
Currently, there are 16 occupants. Most of them are young girls. They attend school in New Amsterdam and would return to their homes, up river, to spend the school holidays.
The current caretaker of the home is Leyvonne France, who explained that the job is usually rotated among elders in the Amerindian reservations.
The home receives a monthly stipend from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. While things are generally good at the residence, there are some security matters that are of serious concern.
A few weeks ago, four masked men tried to gain entry into the building. The caretaker said that around midnight, she heard loud banging on the front door.
They loosened all of the lights around the building, including the one on the front door.
“Some guys come, four, them got thing over them face. They screw off the side light and verandah bulb, and them knocking down the door and telling me to open the door. I asked them who they are and they said they are gangsters,” she said.
She said that she immediately awoke the other residents at the home who then turned on the television set with the hope of scaring the men away. However, that did not happen.
The men went around the back of the building and began to bang on that door. After unsuccessful attempts to gain entry into the building, they finally left.
“We really need a security, because I get people girl children here. And them door not fit at all; them door ain’t good. The back door and so not even good,” France related.
Thieving is nothing new at the Amerindian Hostel. The building is located in the Stanleytown backlands, in a dismal area.
Thieves have removed all the window panes in a guard hut located in the compound. When asked if the hostel ever had a security guard, France replied in the negative.
France is also appealing for lights in the area where the hostel is located and also for the huge bushes in the surrounding to be cleaned. “We want to appeal for lights, because in front there does be dark, dark, dark,” France said.
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