He is not asking for money. But a roof to protect his family, a place to live. In early October, Inteaz Lallmamode, 26, his wife Rishaa and their two children (aged 4 and 2) were expelled from the house they rented. Since then, this family squatted one of the NHDC’s apartments in Baie-du-Tombeau.
They found refuge in a house devoid of water and electricity. “We squat this house not to sleep under the bridges,” says Inteaz. This is where Inteaz Lallmamode was met. He tells how the life of his family has changed. “I had difficulty paying the rent for a few months and the landlord was forced to evict us from the house. We have nowhere to go because our parents no longer want us,” says Inteaz.
Inteaz Lallmamode is a peddler and he struggles day and night so that his children have enough to eat. “Since street vendors no longer have the right to operate in the streets, I find myself penniless. That’s why I could not pay the rent. Before, I could support my family, but now it’s hard to make ends meet.”
Inteaz tries to find help daily and do odd jobs to support his family. “I was in Social Security and I met with members of Parliament to help us find a solution, but in vain.” Rishaa can hardly holds her pain. With tears in her eyes, she says, “I am ready to work to support my family but we need a roof to be safe. We hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel. ”
Inteaz adds: “Help our family find a home.”