Ordene Forde cries herself to sleep at night when she thinks of her dire misfortune.
The elderly woman, who resides at Bibby’s Layne, St Michael, is currently living in a rat-infested, semi-dilapidated wooden home, with the ceiling to her roof almost non-existent.
Barbados TODAY stumbled upon Forde’s home Tuesday while traversing the area and was confronted with her dire circumstances.
Forde, whose home cannot be seen from the main road, still tries her best to keep up its appearances, but the pink coat of paint that covers the exterior frame belies the serious problems that lie within the four corners of the senior’s home.
All that is really left of her roof is the galvanize cover now that wood ants and rats have made a meal of her interior wooden ceiling.
Forde showed the Barbados TODAY team rat droppings on her congolian floor, and pointed to her shaky wooden panels, which she declared an accident waiting to happen.
Describing her home as a place of “horror”, the pensioner said she was at her wits end as she told a painstaking story of rats and other rodents overrunning the house at night as she is made to cry herself to sleep in the hope that she would somehow awaken to a better and brighter tomorrow.
However, hers has been a recurring nightmare over the past four years, with her hope turning to despair and utter frustration, as no help has been forthcoming to date.
“Right now, I am living in a state of horror, the rats and other things coming in here at night and it got me fed up,” she said.
She said she had contacted the Rural Development Commission years before her elderly mother died back in 2013, but to this day her cries for help remain unanswered.
“I called down at Rural and Urban Commission and got the run around and nobody ain’t look at me. I am suffering real bad, my ceiling dropping down and rat droppings coming from it. Sometimes I don’t pay it any mind. I do not know who to call for help because no one is helping me,” she said with unmistakable pain in her voice.
Forde painfully begged for assistance with repairing her home, saying she could not continue to live amid the vermin and biting insects.
“I need help real bad. At night I does cry and pray for morning to come and say, ‘praise God’, because, before I can lay my head [at] night I does hear the rats running through the house. I really need this house repaired,” she emphasized.
When Barbados TODAY contacted the Rural Development Commission Tuesday evening, a woman who identified herself as the secretary to Director Randolph Outram said the state agency “would have to check to verify that Miss Forde is a client of their organization”.
The elderly woman, who voted for Opposition Leader Mia Mottley in the last election, also told Barbados TODAY that in view of her grim circumstances she was undecided about what she would do in the upcoming election.
“I had previously voted for Mia Mottley, but right now I don’t know as I am living in a state of horror,” she said.