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Waiting on my son

Mom still praying month after mishap

STILL WAITING: Etwaria Gyandass,74, left still waiting for her son Siewnarine a month after he disappeared at sea after a boating mishap. 
FILE PHOTO
STILL WAITING: Etwaria Gyandass,74, left still waiting for her son Siewnarine a month after he disappeared at sea after a boating mishap. FILE PHOTO

ONE month after Siewnarine Gyandass disappeared at sea in a boating mishap, his elderly mother is still waiting for him to come home. Yesterday marked a month since he and five other men went on a fishing expedition in the Gulf of Paria from Carli Bay. Their boat overturned and sank.

Only two, Kumar Lalla, 49, and Glen Dave Prahalad, 32, returned alive. The bodies of Chunilal Gyandass, 53 and Ronald Narinesingh, 37, were found floating at Carli Bay two days later.

Siewnarine Gyandass, 51, and Denis Mallo, 23, both of Beaucarro, are still missing.

Mother of the Gyandass brothers, Etwaria Gyandass, said yesterday she is not giving up hope of seeing her younger son one day.

“I am hoping he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Venezuela and cannot get away as yet.

“I am hoping he would come home,” she told Newsday in a phone interview.

“People are telling me it is time I give up, but as a mother that is hard to do. I am still hoping I would see him come home one day.

“Every night I wake up at all hours listening for my son’s voice.

“My elder son (Chunilal) would come home late in the night and call me to open the door for him.

“I would open the door and he would get something to eat and then close back the door and go to sleep.

I not hearing anything again,” she said, crying as she spoke.

Chunilal was cremated at the Waterloo Cremation site over the Easter weekend.

Mother’s Day on Sunday, she said, was one of her worst days.

“I went to the temple, and when I came back six of my children were here (at her home).

“Five girls and one boy.

“My other two boys were not here.

“It was tough.

“All of my children and grands came to comfort me, to give me a little consolation, but it wasn’t comfortable with me. It’s hard, really hard.”

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