Friday, April 12, 2024

‘Hard times’ hit home


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The COVID-19 curfew turned Eleanor Caesar’s life upside down.

Prior to its implementation, three of her seven children who live with her in Brandons, St Michael, were working. The bills were being paid, and though she was unemployed for some time, with the help of their earnings, the family was surviving.

However, with the imposition of the curfew, the children were laid off and now there is no one in the household working. Whatever money they had collectively is gone, so too their small savings.

“It was very hard,” said Caesar. “There was no money to pay the bills . . . . Some days you don’t have food to put on the table . . . . Sometimes we boil porridge, make bakes, or get a breadfruit and use that,” she added. (SP)

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