“I need help for the kids to go back to school” – lady from Berbice – Guyana Times
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Old Year’s Day Fire
A West Bank Berbice mum is seeking help to rebuild her home after she allegedly set fire to her husband on Old Year’s Day. The woman and her three children are now homeless.
Omdawattie Bisnauth, 42, of the Lot 4 Puja Dam, Blairmont Settlement, has said she lost everything to the fire, which happened around 15:00h as she was preparing to welcome the New Year. She said she, like her children, aged nine, 10 and 12, has no property. “I need help for the kids to go back to school, because they have nothing, and if I can get some help with lil things to the house.” Bisnauth noted that she received some wood from a neighbor to assist with rebuilding her house, but it is far from sufficient. “Whatever I get, I’ll be grateful,” he said. “I have nothing. The children’s birth certificates, my ID card, the slip for the child to go to the school he gets after he wrote the exam – I haven’t registered it yet – all burn in the house. ” The fire, she said, has now turned her family into beggars. “Things don’t work out well, because I have no money. I have nothing I can (use to support myself and kids. I’m still asking this neighbor for lil food or asking for a dollar two, ”Bisnauth related. She recalled her husband getting annoyed on the last day of the year after he failed to find two DVDs to watch. As a result, he began hitting his 12-year-old son, accusing him of misusing the videos. “He takes the ashtray and pelts the boy with it, and I say to the children, ‘Let’s leave the house’.” She said she went to a neighbor’s house with her children, and after a while, her drunken husband started calling for her. However, he did not return. “We started a cuss … and like two minutes after (that), I see the house on fire.” Police are now pursuing the 37-year-old cattle ranger. In the meantime, individuals interested in helping Bisnauth can contact her at phone number (592) 647-8173. (Andrew Carmichael)