The fact that Sidneato Holford remains missing after yet another search was not the only disappointment at the end of yesterday’s effort.
Parliamentary representative for St Michael East Trevor Prescod said he was saddened that more members of the Licorish Village, St Michael community and surrounding districts did not come out to help or support Holford’s family.
“I would have expected a larger collective of people from the Licorish Village community itself. From my observation, that representation was very limited in view of the fact that Holford would have grown up in the community and would have interacted with a lot of people in the community,” he said yesterday afternoon, shortly after participating in the search in the Belle, St Michael area.
“His mother Pamela Holford, who is a well-known person in the community, and the entire family for that matter would have expected a greater response.”
Insisting that the Barbadian society was still rigidly divided along racial and class lines, the Pan-Africanist said he never expected any massive group from the social elite to participate in the search for a resident of a depressed district like Licorish Village.
“I never expected a major response from all of the ethnic groups which make up the Barbadian society. I did not expect to see Asiatic people in the search or a large number of Caucasians present. I think what would have been of great satisfaction for us would have been the massive presence of our own people. It would have given more comfort to Holford who has to deal with her loss,” he said.
Although there were a few Caucasians who joined in yesterday’s search, Prescod was not particularly impressed.
“I did not see any significant number in comparison with what I saw in the search for [Caucasian woman Karen Harris who went missing two weekends ago]. In such circumstances, I do not want to shower compliments on them so that they would continue to believe we are clowns. They must not believe that having made a small gesture we interpret it as significant,” he said.
Meanwhile, the missing man’s mother has thanked members of the public and Government and law enforcement officials who participated in the search.