By Latoya Giles
The Ministry of Human Services and Social Security has cut off the public assistance for a 53 year old who is ‘differently able’ and relatives are at a loss as to who would help maintain her.
Doris Balkissoon, of Enmore, East Coast Demerara, was born with a medical condition which hinders her speech. Kaieteur News was told that the woman is fully aware of her surroundings, but just cannot speak.
To add to her woes, Ms. Balkissoon’s home went up in flames last Thursday. The fire is believed to have been started by a kerosene stove that flared up.
Kaieteur News was told that the woman’s mother also died last March.
The public assistance was reportedly stopped several months ago without any notice or explanation.
The woman’s brother, Biswanauth Balkissoon, who is a pensioner, says he is now forced to maintain his sister.
“ I have to look at her….she never work, never went to school…who gun help me look at she now, that de assistance get take away?” he lamented.
Relatives said that numerous attempts to find out why the assistance was taken away proved futile.
Efforts to contact Minister Priya Manickchand also proved futile. Bobby Singh had told Kaieteur News that Balkissoon was cooking, when the kerosene stove ‘flared up’.
Singh said that the woman panicked and ran out of the home with the two children.
The man further told Kaieteur News that the Enmore fire service was summoned, but could do nothing to contain the blaze.
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