Surviving Hurricane Dorian for six Trinidadian nationals in The Grand Bahama islands in Freeport almost two weeks ao is only half their nightmare. Now stranded in Nassau, Bahamas and money in their pockets running low, they are asking the Trinidad and Tobago Government to get them on a flight home.
"We need help from the Trinidad and Tobago Government. It's really hard to get food and water and since we got off from the island of Grand Bahama we have to buy things. We also had to use our money in Freeport and now we reach a position where we need help to go back to Trinidad," said Brent Wilson, one of the stranded men on Saturday.
A fellow Trinidadian Darney Gregory, who lives in Nassau, has opened his two-bedroom apartment to Wilson, Peter Nash and Declan Vialva.
Nash,who grew up with Gregory in Siparia, said his friend did not hesitate to assist him and his co-workers.
The three men now share a cramped bedroom with two air mattresses.
The other three Trinidadians—Mark Martin, Nigel Williams and Adisa Marcano—are all staying at the homes of friends in Nassau, hoping to leave on the next available flight to Trinidad and Tobago.
"Our families want us back home and we were hoping that by Sunday (today) we would have been back home," explained Nash.
Nash said that soldiers from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force had visited them on Friday , took all their information and assured them that they would communicate with the relevant authorities to get them home soon.
The TTDF soldiers, who met GML outside the Breezes Hotel where they were staying, said they were going to drop off food for the men. They also confirmed that the information about the men's predicament had already been relayed.
But the Trinidadians who all worked for a pharmaceutical company on the island doing welding and fabricating are growing weary of the waiting game after their near-death experience. "We endured three days of pounding rain and ride it out in a two-storey building and after that, food became an issue and then transport to get off the island. Now we just want to go home," Wilson said.
He said they were frustrated by attempts to reach their employer, who had not even offered to buy their plane tickets to go back to Trinidad. "We called them, we sent them messages and they only responded recently."
He said the secretary of the company had only sent him WhatsApp messages recently saying they were sorry and "feel bad" and know "their family cannot hear from them," but has still not offered a solution to their problem.
Hurrican Dorian slammed in The Grand Bahama and Abaco islands flattening everything in its path and killing at least 50 people to date. At least 1,300 are still feared missing. Thousands of people have been displaced and have been transferred to the island of Providence in Nassau, the country's capital where they are being housed at a makeshift camp and several hotels.