Below is a letter submitted exclusively toSt. Lucia News Online on behalf of the students who were left stranded in Saint Lucia as a result of the Lambirds Academy criminal case.
Dear Editor: Firstly, we wholeheartedly like to thank all the St. Lucians for the help, support and encouragement they have given us.
Now, after all the twist and turns in the saga, we still are stuck in St. Lucia. Nobody knows how long it will it take for the court verdicts?
Since most St. Lucians want us to go home, with or without money most of us want to go home. Now the thing is, we have produced our own tickets. We don’t want no money. Our families are facing health problems but still we are not allowed to go home.
When we go to Home Affairs, Mr. PS says he can’t do nothing to help us go back, so go to either CID or DPP. And when we go to CID or DPP they turn us around to Home Affairs. What is the relation between DPP, CID and Home Affairs, with those who left?
So now who is able to send us home? We are not even given an appointment to meet DPP or PS? Those who left were also the witness, so what is the difference between them and us? Why is the government doing this? Treating us like a criminal who is not behind bars. Why the huge amount of money from taxpayers are being spent on us when we don’t want to stay? Is government taking revenge on us because when government wanted us to send us back via IOM we didn’t want to go?
But the thing is, last time when government wanted to send us home, that time we had hope that something will happen, so we wanted to stay and see. Now since we waited for almost one year, we don’t want nothing. We have no hope about happening anything. We cannot and don’t want to spend our whole life, for only that amount of money we spent.
Those who say they will be killed if they go back home without money already reach their home, but those who wanted to go since early get stuck. And the last thing is, what happened to the inquiry government was about to conduct? In almost one year the inquiry is not finished yet? Who will send us back home and when? We all are desperately waiting the answer.
Our family members – mom, dad, brother, sister – are in serious health condition and we are not allowed to go home? Did we did crime to come to St. Lucia? If this is so, then why don’t St. Lucia say foreigners do not come St. Lucia or else you might get stuck in St. Lucia.
Also government is saying it is feeding and giving place to stay for our welfare, is it the only thing that a person need? A person don’t need his/ her family? We are getting mentally unstable day by day, but who cares, right? Give a f– to those who are at La Clery and DBS. The government is fulfilling its duty, as it is giving us food and shelter, but the mental health and the sufferings we are having is not even felt?
The opposition party is silent on this matter nowadays. They fulfilled their duty after they pay us some visit and some heart touching speech.
So please, I urge all St. Lucians and the government, please let us go back home. We are very sorry that we came to St. Lucia as students.
If we became able to earn money, then we all might come here as a tourist. Thank you all for your support and help.
On Behalf of Lambird Students