Many Trinidad and Tobago nationals have complained bitterly about what they described as the lengthy exemption process in place to return to this country since the borders have been closed.
Many have detailed their struggles abroad.
But once they return to this country, it is not exactly smooth sailing as some are facing another uphill battle and continuous financial hardships.
Trinidad Guardian spoke to mother of seven, Takeisha Clairmont.
She returned from to Trinidad and Tobago two months ago after being stranded in the British Virgin Island after the borders were closed.
It took nine months for her to finally come home.
“Every day I ask myself why so long? It hurts me every day to see that it have plenty of people out there begging to come back home still going through the world out there, every day I see people on the tv and the newspaper crying to come back home even sometimes on social media when you see the type of comments people have to say I am not wishing this on nobody”, Clairmont said.
She left the country in February to visit a relative.
Clairmont complained that despite being stranded out of the country, the bills continued to pile up and now she has been forced to start all over again.
“You come back to debts and you did not leave debts. Food to buy, rent to pay, some people have light bill to pay and now you have to look for internet access to facilitate online classes for your children, the hardship is real, even if you use to make ends meet on your own without the help of handouts is it’s kind of challenging now”, she said.
The mother of seven said along with the financial pains, she remains traumatised after not being able to see and care for her children for such a long time.
“These close borders I understand the reasoning, but this is affecting homes and family life”, she explained.
“All stranded nationals even, I need counselling all stranded nationals need counselling because it affects each and every one of us, everyone has a story to tell first to begin and just the thought of being locked out of the country for all these months to come back home to start over, we need counselling”.
Clairmont said she is trying to piece her life back together again but told us, this remains difficult.