President of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) Kemar Saffrey has described as “inhumane”, an assault on a homeless man late last night.
Saffrey and his team visited the man at Independence Square, The City today and later told Barbados TODAY the young man was not in bad shape.
“He was beaten by a group of men with a two-by-four and we had to dispatch a nurse to his location to check him and ensure he was not in a life-threatening condition,” Saffrey revealed, adding that a more thorough investigation is planned for tomorrow.
The advocate for the homeless described the latest incident as heart-wrenching, stressing that instead of such attacks those involved ought to be assisting the vagrants.
He added that such incidents reinforced the need for a homeless shelter, particularly with increased levels of homelessness.
Police said they were probing the incident, therefore they were not in a position to share details. However, Barbados TODAY spoke to a number of homeless people on the street who described the attack as “lawlessness”.
While revealing to Barbados TODAY that last night’s incident was not an isolated one, one street dweller, who did not want to be identified by name, said: “The same group of young boys throw rocks at vagrants all the time.
“To them it is a fun time, they think it real funny, real sporty, but to us it is a serious matter,” he said while calling on police to step up their patrols of The City at night.
“We are people too, we should be protected too,” the homeless man contended, adding that The City had become very unsafe for vagrants who have no place to call home.
One woman, who did not want to be identified by name, agreed saying that apart from having to worry about things such as food and shelter security was an issue.
In fact, she reported that just recently a homeless woman was “chopped” and the ambulance had to be summoned.
Saffrey, who in February complained that partygoers were attacking homeless people for the fun of it, announced earlier this month that the charity would soon break ground on a shelter for homeless women and children.