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)

30 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.

    • meleon September 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      So she was going to go back home after Christmas before flying to the USA to be with her husband….Because Bajan Citizenship carries more clout than that of a USA one. As if! Puleez…some a we Bajans need to get our heads out of our asses! Full of ourselves much. Stupse

    • 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.

    • Sharon Michelle Babb
      Sharon Michelle Babb September 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      I thought xmas is in December? so she coming to spend Xmas in September?…How many of us travel to spend xmas with our family and arrive 3 months early?

    • Horace Boyce
      Horace Boyce September 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Bajan baby

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

    So sad!!☺☺

  4. Tee Francis September 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    What are you talking about. Speak about things that you know of. You are given a 6 month stay when you arrive here in the USA.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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!!!!

  8. 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.

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

    stupse. guh so!!

  10. sammie September 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Have plan to have another bajan child

  11. Lady Carole Haynes September 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    We all as Human beings need to act, firstly with Humanity towards eachother, regardless of our beliefs. Whether this young woman was intending to stay and work in Barbados, as perceived by the Barbados Immigratio. Care and respect for another human being should be demonstrated, especially as officers would have been in uniform and should, at All times act professional. Even when one is acting with authority due care should be taken to carry out one’s duties with such due care. Professionals, including Immigration Officers are not above the law. We understand that the officers has a job to do and my experience of The Immigration authorities in Beautiful Barbados has been, so far, good. So please don’t let this be the overall view of the Immigration system in Barbados, but still let’s put the best foot forward and address changes necessary.
    Thank you.

  12. Drew September 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

    It good to know that the officers is doing there jobs we need to keep more of them low life people out off or island . we have to much of them guyanese pick pocket here already . thank u immigration officers keep up the good work

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

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

    • ME September 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      yes i agree, give ms. ram the money in advance in case they bail out and roam the country unregulated. Better yet, assign a special government department to the monitoring and control of illegal entry and stay in the country… “oh wait, isn’t that what immigration is for?”

  14. Donna Lawrence September 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    You all are wicked, selfish and inhumane. Good Riddums

  15. Jashonna September 10, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Like seriously, if she travels to the USA or Canada, etc, she mussy woulda dead. When those countries ask you to strip and get search, ya either tek it or leave next flight tho. While I understand that she was pregnant, they should have taken her money and buy something for her to eat, at d same time, she ain’t get it rough. Because one woman come hey and get d government money, everybody want to come get some. Stupse

  16. Anita September 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    So what if she wanted to have her baby in Barbados? Even if there are laws against it, at least treat her humanely. I think the particular officers and where orders were coming from should be investigated and sanctioned/penalised. Reminds me of the Africans who sold their own into slavery. Unless this is coming from parties who want it to look so…tell her to SUE them!

  17. SannRose X September 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Rather she was hoping on having the Baby born here or not or they thought she wanted to work is beside the point, Barbados boast of it hospitality, you can deny someone entry I cannot fault them for that, but you don’t have to treat them inhumanly, she was a tourist coming to Barbados, I am 100% sure Barbadians are denied entrance to other countries and I never heard any complaining of inhumane treatment, we have to do better than this.

  18. Linford September 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Been of Caribbean decent,I know that the work of immigration has never been easy. But, let’s ask ourselves,a human question. Why would someone lie about such matter(s)? What’s the gain point? Hypothetically,what if the matter is true? As a former member of government workers myself,it’s not impossible to have happened. Is there a true Caribbean integration system? Are we so evil to each other,just because we’re of a different nationals. Let’s work together to make a difference in the Caribbean. The world is moving forward,we appears to be moving backward. Let’s accept the fact that,many people are not taken on to integration as yet. Let’s ask the imperative question, what if it is true? Would I welcome such treatment,even if it’s a member of my family? Why are we so quick to become judgemental on others?.

  19. six thirty September 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    She feel we bajans stupid. She stomach look funny too like she up to tricks. Smh.why wanna b away from husband for so long.

  20. Dr Anthony Cummins September 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I just can not believe these immigration officers at all. You should not treat people that way. Immigration in Barbadoa was like this every since. Its only that persons are becoming more bold and because of social media the nastiness they do getting out but immigration officers were always like that. I can recalled many personal experiences since 1986.

    Up to 3 weeks ago they had a young lady at the Airport in a holding cell for about 1 week or more. This lady is Guyanese with two children Barbadians. Do you know she went to the Bridgetown office as per usual to check in as she had to do every wednesday for months. Do you know they did not allow her to return home that day… a young lady they took and held the girl from her little young baby that still nurses. And packed her out of the island.

    These things are wrong. And the Defence and Security have found no wrong doing. That just goes to see how bad our sitiation is. If that is no wrong doing then i am insecure that you can not do proper job at Defence and Security… so I am concern

  21. Rosebud September 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Lord have mercy what do these people expect. I do not understand. one Jamaican got a whole lump sum of money so their think when they come with these stories that money going to share out to them too,

    Why not go to the big countries with these bogus stories and see what will happen.
    I support the immigration officers at the G A I A . I travel regular and never got one bad treatment from them. Thumbs up officers.
    Do what you have to do that.s your daily bread.

  22. Rosebud September 12, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Tell the others that coming, come with a better story.
    get some coaching from the million dollar woman.

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

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

  24. 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….

  25. 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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