INHUMANE CONDITIONS AT DETENTION CENTER
AS the nation yesterday celebrated Emancipation, cries for freedom came from scores of foreign nationals at the Immigration Detention Centre, Aripo, who are begging to be freed from inhumane conditions and injustice.
The Express understands one Chinese national attempted suicide by cutting his hand at the centre after giving up hope of being freed.
A 30-second video of the Chinese national being wheeled out of the detention centre was sent to the press.
The video shows a large number of foreign inmates surrounding the man and enquiring what happened as he was wheeled out, with one asking: “What he do? He cut he hand?”
Sources told reporters that in June 2017, there were some 200 people, the majority being men, being held at the detention centre. A number of them have been deported and several were released, but there is still a large number of inmates from Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria and Venezuela being held, some there for years.
Reporters were also provided with pictures of the deplorable conditions of the detention centre.
The inmates are forced to sleep on small mattresses, a number crammed into one holding bay