Guyanese horror story at Grantley Adams

GEORGETOWN – In the wake of recent allegations by a Jamaican of mistreatment at the hands of immigration officers while detained at Barbados’ Grantley Adams Airport, a pregnant Guyanese has said she suffered similar handling Tuesday.

Five months pregnant Annecia Ariel Alfred said she was denied entry into the island because officers believed that she was going to work without a permit, but was made to sit on a bench for some 12 hours while awaiting a return flight to Guyana.

Pregnant Annecia Alfred at home yesterday, showing her feet that became swollen from sitting in one position for hours.
Pregnant Annecia Alfred at home yesterday, showing her feet that became swollen from sitting in one position for hours.

Alfred who had visited Barbados earlier this year, and spent time with a relative who is resident on the island, had traveled from Guyana with the relative’s two Barbadian children, whom she was returning to Barbados after their holiday.

She explained to Kaieteur News that the intention was to spend Christmas with her relative in Barbados before flying back home, then to join her husband in the USA.

But immigration officers doubted Alfred’s story and accused her of seeking to enter Barbados for a job.

“I explained that I never worked a day in my life, and asked why would I leave Guyana to come and work here with a big belly,” Alfred said she told the Immigration officers.

She said, nonetheless, “They gave me a letter saying I was denied entry was because of a work permit”.

The Barbadian children were allowed to go with their mother.

Alfred, who had arrived on an 8:10 flight, said she was then resigned to her fate and was looking towards the midday flight back to Guyana, as the immigration officers had assured her.

But then her horror story began.

She did not leave at noon, but boarded a flight for departure at 8:20 pm Tuesday night.

“I was sitting one place, in a cold place for hours,” she said, further explaining, “with the iron handle chairs you can’t lie down or put up your feet, and you can’t leave the room”.

“I went into the bathroom and cried. I feel like I going lose this child”.

She said that with the exception of a vending machine with snacks, there was nothing for her to eat.

She eventually got a tuna sandwich because of the care of one immigration officer.

“I was offered one sandwich from a kindhearted immigration woman. She was passing me there all day and when she realised I was there all day she decided to ask me if I had anything to eat, she asked me if I would like a sandwich.”

Alfred’s recollection of her treatment at the Barbadian airport bore a strong resemblance to that of a Jamaican woman, Sonya King, who along with her 14-month-old child was refused entry.

King had arrived on August 27 from Trinidad, where she was living with her husband. She was made to sit and wait for hours following her denial of entry into the island.

According to King, when she complained of being hungry, officers pointed her to the vending machine, because the food court was closed.

Her baby also had to endure hours in wet pampers.

On September 01, the Office of the Prime Minister, that is responsible for defence and Security, issued a statement clearing immigration officers of any wrongdoing.

“An investigation was carried out by the Division of Defence and Security, Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry responsible for Immigration, and no evidence could be found to substantiate the charges of mistreatment as alleged,” the statement read in part.

Source: (Kaieteur News)

14 Responses to Guyanese horror story at Grantley Adams

  1. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler September 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Five months pregnant & intend to spend christmas in Barbados. Meaning that the baby will have bajan citizenship. No where inthe world is this allowed.

    • Coralita September 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Man you hit the nail smack dab on the head.

      Same thing I said from ball one. These people think they smart as hell.

  2. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn September 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    How is this even remotely horrible?

    She’s coming into an island at 5 months along to spend Christmas with relatives…

    5+3=8 right? When she planned on flying back?

    She doctor approve this??

    Also how are you traveling pregnant and have nothing to eat at all?

    Not for you, not for the children you move with? Airlines don’t give you food like years ago especially on short flights.

    I’m so unfazed by this one.

    Marsha was mistreated.

    This is not mistreatment. She just as ignorant and tricky as the woman with the baby.

  3. Lica September 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    So sad!!☺☺

  4. miche September 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    De people hear dat one bajan lawyer in to use these people ,so as to pressure the government,,or so they believe…politically motivated,,one would start to believe that they are out there searching ,,or even inviting them over for that purpose

  5. miche September 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I am going to recommend to the Government,that they construct a state of the art,luxurious Hotel room (holding bay) complete with maid,at the arrival hall …so that when these persons are refused entry,they can live in luxury until their flight arrives

  6. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed September 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    5/ 6 +3 = 8/9 months…..we aint foolish we can count to…….spend xmas in the USA ( before trump get vote in ) and let the child get American citizenship …….i am a caribbean man but these stunts aint gine work……GOOD JOB IMMIGRATION ……protect we from such people……she said she never work a day in her life…….we have no use for her here if she aint productive!!!!

  7. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    immigration issues are not as easy to deal with as many may think. The answers that are given to the questions asked set the platform. How much money did the person bring with them to last until XMAS ,plus the delivery of a baby at QEH or otherwise without complications.

  8. june September 10, 2016 at 5:49 am

    stupse. guh so!!

  9. Kevin September 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Government should place these type of denied-entry cases up at Casa Grande hotel.

  10. Belle September 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

    As I was reading the story I had the same thought . HATS OFF TO YOU IMMIGRATION

  11. jrsmith September 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    We are always going to be placing Barbados as wrong doers , which is flashing around the world in minutes , the Barbados government need to get they fingers out do some thing sensible for a bloody change.
    We need to upgrade certain areas which would always be used for the purpose of interviewing and detaining visitors to Barbados, these areas should have camera surveillance everywhere , one day its going to take a white man or woman to complain and you will see how fast things will change…our immigration is doing they jobs yes but complain after complain is not good for a tourist destination as Barbados….

  12. jrsmith September 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    We are always going to be placed as wrong doers , because of how certain regional people feel about us.. they know this kind of news which now flashes around the world in minutes is not good for our tourist industry. this is not an excuse on my part for what ever is alleged to have taken place..
    Its about time the Barbados government get they fingers out and do something bloody sensible for our country for a change.

    It seems as though we need to upgrade all areas which is always going to be used for interviewing and detaining travelling visitors to Barbados, these should have heavy camera surveillance this then would give our immigration officers the head start to stop being accused of wrong doing, one day its going to take a white man or woman to complain and then we all will see the changes , complaint after complaints is not good for visitors industry…


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