“We are dying. We need to hear from them. We want to know if our family is dead or alive. We are not hearing from Antigua and Barbuda, we are not hearing from St Kitts and Nevis, our families are struggling”, a woman named Fidella wrote on Instagram
Family and friends of the Cameroonians whose vessel capsized off St Kitts and Nevis have been on social media, seeking answers from the authorities. They have been posting on Facebook, Instagram, and even on Twitter, hoping that the authorities holding the information would release it.
“We don’t know who is alive and we don’t know who is dead. Can you imagine someone waiting since last week, cannot sleep, cannot eat…My sister was on that trip. I don’t know if she is alive. Help me find my sister” she wrote
A man who is a doctor in another country said his daughter was on that dangerous journey and no word has come forth.
“I am sad. I am broken. At least they need to make a call to us. I know what they did was wrong but Alas we need to know something, “ he said
He said he communicated with his daughter every day until that tragic incident. The man fears that she may have perished with the other 14. Only three dead bodies were pulled from the sea. The others were never retrieved however the search to find them has been called off.
Many Cameroonians arrived in Antigua between December and February on chattered flights from Africa.
They said they were promised connecting flights to the United States of America; where many believe that the grass is greener.
The Antigua and Barbuda government has promised to bury the dead Cameroonians and contact their family.