“All this time I was with an idiot and sometimes I feel that way about myself too because look how long I have been with him and now I have four children, four daughters, and I have to move on.
“With this period, only the fittest will survive. As harsh as it might sound, that is just the way it is.
“I help out because there comes a time when we all need help and I am just doing my part even though I must tell you it is very hard, but I try,” she said almost breathlessly.
“I don’t say anything but to tell you the truth sometimes I can’t describe the pain, it hurts me bad.
“I am very worried about what will happen to my child being out of the school setting for so many months.
“I don’t mind. It just become like a norm for me.
“Is like I just working to feed them,” has been the refrain of many mothers – myself included – as they struggle to upkeep their children’s eating habits over the past few months.
“I really can’t take this thing. Is like I sick and all and should take a bed in the hospital.
“I am faced, with a very bad, bad case of defamation of character—that portrays me as a prostitute, publicly [and] widespread,” she said.
“I feel a bit encouraged because some persons have reached out to me telling me a bit of their story and I have tried my best to encourage them to have faith and stay strong,” the mother of one said.
“The first time he hit me was the last, it had to be.
“The rain wet me through and through. You see, I had to take off me socks today.
“I was molested when I was 12 years old and you know what was the worst part of it?
“I am kind of scared and everybody like me, you know they scared.
“I really don’t know what will happen when all of this is over.
“I am now getting the hang of it, but I can tell you this is the new me, the planting.
“From since I was a little girl, I always know myself to be depressed.
“This will force me to close down. I can’t continue. I will have to move and open somewhere else where I don’t have to pay rent because right now to be honest, I can’t afford to pay the rent,” said a single mother who operates a hairdressing salon.
“This thing really bothering me because dem children just deh home whole day and I not there to see what dem doing.
“My workplace ain’t give us anything. They just telling we to wash we hand and be careful but nothing to wash we hand with.