Suddenly the love of my life was snatched away leaving me in grief, with a sense of hopelessness, and very confused. This man, my husband, was so kind, loving and devoted, he placed so much value on his family and other people, yet his life was snuffed out as though he had no value whatsoever.
My husband never wanted me to be employed; he worked so that I could be a full-time mom and wife, and now his death has plunged me and my two daughters aged eleven and two into a state of despair. The negligence of the people who operated the boats have left life-time scars and indelible grief and a child who will never know her father.
I feel for the others who have lost loved ones and are left as widows, the children like orphans (fatherless) and mothers without sons who might have been the breadwinners.
My husband was coming out to continue the construction of our house, and this would have been the first time of the year that we would have seen him, but alas, January 22 was the day that changed our lives. His labour for his family is gone with him; there is no money to complete the house he so dearly wanted us to have, and who is going to step in and assist us in this time of need? No more would my husband be around the one he loves − no more smiles, no more comforting words − all is gone forever. He wanted to surprise us, but we got the worst kind of surprise on that fateful day.
I am left in a strange world; nothing around seems familiar any more, except the bills that still must be paid. No creditor would have any sympathy, even at a time as hard as this.
No price can be placed on the value of such a husband, even if criminal charges are to be brought against the errant operators. I believe anyone found culpable must be made to compensate those of us who have been robbed of the main breadwinner of the family.
The psychological effect this is having on us is debilitating to say the least, but justice must be carried out in the name of the Lord. I am not seeking vengeance, but justice − and please can someone do something to stop the carnage on our waters.
Rest in peace my husband Deon Moses, we love you forever.