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Pregnant, homeless in Dominica

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Pregnant, homeless in Dominica

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Alisha Clarke was desperately trying to get out of hurricane-ravaged Dominica yesterday.

But it all ended in tears for the five-months pregnant mother and her six-year-old son.

After having survived Category 5 Hurricane Maria last week, she wanted to travel to Barbados on board the HMBS Rudyard Lewis and then take a flight to the United States.

“I’ve been living here, but since the disaster I don’t have a home or any family so I am trying to get back home. It’s been really hard,” she said as she began crying.

“I cannot stay here. I have to go. I cannot stay here another day. I was already on the boat that left this morning, but the captain asked me to get off because of my pregnancy.”

When contacted about why Clarke would have been asked to get off the HMBS Rudyard Lewis which left port when the Leonard C. Banfield arrived, commanding officer Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Anderson Goodridge said it was a safety precaution.

“We have to ensure our safety as well as hers, and the sea will be too rough for her. However, we are currently trying to arrange a plane ride for her back to Barbados,” he said. (RA)