Mahaica grandmother struggles to raise children orphaned by tragedy
At 62, Lilowtie Deephia knows the daily struggle to care for the nine children of her son, Budram ‘David’ Persaud who is in jail after he killed the children’s mother, Rubeena Sammy, five years ago.
Deephia is ill and, in the yard of her 56 David Rose Housing Scheme, Mahaica home yesterday, she told Stabroek News that it has been very difficult to maintain the children but she tries her best. She has to be mother and father to Timothy Persaud, 7, Aliya Persaud, 8, Debra Persaud, 9, Sara Persaud, 11, Abiola Persaud, 14, Parbattie Persaud, 15, Mahendra Persaud, 17 and Bhanmattie Persaud, 20. Premchand Sammy, 22, grew up at his grandmother’s home. The children came to Deephia five years ago, scarred by the killing of their mother and the subsequent arrest of their father for the offence. Last Thursday, Persaud, 39, pleaded guilty to manslaughter …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.