…US embassy helps stranded woman
A Guyanese national is now able to return to the United States although the local immigration agents misplaced her passport at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport last Saturday. She was scheduled to return to work last Monday.
The intervention of the United States Embassy and a representative of the Berbice Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Gobin Harbajan, would see the woman getting home today.
The embassy gave her replacement travel documents. At the same time, Dynamic Airways has offered to transport her back to the United States for free.
Lilawattie Persaud, 49, of No. 47 Village, Corentyne, who now resides in South Ozone Park, Queens, NY, USA, returned to Guyana to participate in the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations.
The woman said that on Saturday last, she was scheduled to leave Guyana on a Dynamic Airways Flight at 16:00 hours. Persaud said that upon checking in, she handed the immigration officer three passports (two USA and one Guyana) belonging to herself, her husband and her son.
“After we checked in, I collected our boarding pass and the clerk told me to go and purchase airport taxes. Another officer told me to wait so that he could check my hand luggage.”
Persaud said that the officer then asked to see her passport. “He collect my passport and check it then he told me to proceed to immigration, so I asked him for my passport and he said let me step aside so that the other officer can attend to me”.
A distraught Persaud added that ten minutes later, she reminded the officer to return her passport, only to be told to wait.
“They were calling my name to board the plane, so I asked all three of the officers for my passport, and again they told me to wait. Then they started looking for my passport. I pleaded with them to look at the security camera to see where my passport could be, because at this point they couldn’t find it.”
Persaud mentioned that she missed her flight because of the long time spent searching for her missing passport.
“I started to cry, because myself and husband supposed to return to our Jobs. We came to enjoy the celebration, not expecting this to happen.”
The woman said that she was advised by one of the officers to make a report at the Eve Leary police headquarters where she was told that contact would be made after an investigation was conducted. However, no officer has contacted her since.
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