THE EDITOR: One of my fears has now become a reality and that is the treatment being handed out to refugees.
They are in a very vulnerable position, and while others may be doing their best to assist and show compassion and care towards them, it is not so with everyone. As I read their sad story in one of our dailies my eyes were filled with tears as I saw children amongst them. In no way they should be exploited, abused and victimised by anyone in this country.
Let us never forget, you for some unknown reason may have to walk a road similar to them, how would you feel if treated with dis-respect or made to feel inferior. These are innocent human beings trying to survive with their families, the least we can do is show them love and be a source of encouragement to them. I am well aware that many organisations and citizens do reach out, but they need to be protected from those perpetrators of crime.
I am appealing to the relevant authorities, please do not leave them out there in the cold. They are on our soil and others are looking in. Let us do something about their presence in TT and ensure that those who are crying out for help are reached out to in some way. My mind goes back and I ask the question; how does God see them and the way they are treated? Something we can all ponder on. Please give them the respect they deserve.
Arnold Gopeesingh, San Juan