Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 16th 2015 Contents B1
After years of drug abuse...
'Moms' goes clean ---Page B5
Straight Outta Compton
explosive look at N.W.A.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
She is confident that she can
make a difference in the lives of
the country's most impoverished
citizens and dismisses rumours
that she's paid by any political enti-
ty.T&T knows her as "Delilah," the
woman who appeared on Ian
Alleyne's Crime Watch on CNC3
over a scamming incident with a
man named "Trevor," but her real
name is Nekisha Byron.
Byron has highlighted the poverty
that exists for dozens of single, bat-
tered and molested women living
in rural areas. She finds those who
are willing to tell their stories, records
them on her smartphone, loads the
video on her page, and gets assis-
tance from Good Samaritans. She
has over 15,000 likes on her Face-
Byron, who lives in Point Fortin,
said she recalled seeing herself on
television and was shocked that peo-
ple were so quick to judge and "pull
She admitted she made a mistake
for having a drink with "Trevor."
She said it was easier to pull
women down than to build them
"I could remember watching Ian
Alleyne talk about me and I said to
my husband, Yuh know, this man
is something else. When I was living
in the car with my seven children
out of the programme, the Govern-
ment did not broadcast me as that.
"They didn't put me up to get
help, but to bring down a woman
for one mistake she make by going
by a man to drink was all over the
On August 5, the Sunday
Guardian met with Byron who ven-
tured to Lady Hailes in San Fernando
into a depressed squatting commu-
nity next to the Roodal Cemetery,
alongside Hatters Pan Yard.
There she was begging the res-
idents to walk with her through a
labyrinth of shacks which only they
seemed to know the way around.
Armed with only her mobile
phone, she ventured through the
maze, calling out to residents on the
Who is Byron?
Byron, a tall, thick woman with
a powerful voice, described herself
as a poor woman with seven children
who's faced hardships.
She was the main witness in the
murder of SRP Steve Douglas who
was shot dead at Mc Shine Lands,
Laventille, on October 21, 2005.
She and her family were in the
Witness Protection Programme but
in 2008 were discharged. Byron had
made allegations of assault against
police officers in the programme.
In May 2008, she appeared on the
front page of another newspaper,
pleading for help.
Byron, who was 23 at the time
and pregnant with her seventh child,
spoke out at a political meeting at
Warren Road in Jack Warner's
Chaguanas West constituency.
Also at that meeting was former
Tabaquite MP Ramesh Lawrence
In 2010, she was in the news again
saying she was living on handouts
and wanted a new identity for she
and her family.
Now, 31-year-old Byron is turning
a new leaf and is no longer fearful
for her life. She is calling on all
impoverished and suffering women
"to let their voices be heard."
"I too am poor and going through
a lot of pain and suffering and hard-
ships and if nobody takes a stand,
then no body will ever do it.
She said she has been using a
$10,000 compensation which her
husband received for an injury on
the job to rent a car to visit families
and also buy them groceries.
Up to the time of the interview,
she had $2,000. And that had to be
used to pay a maxi-taxi and print
tees for a gathering she intended to
host last week.
Byron said, "This is not no PNM,
UNC, ILP, NAR, no nothing.
"I am not getting a dollar from
nobody. This is just me and my
phone helping and voicing the poor
Too much poverty
Her first story was recorded in
Guapo about two months ago. Byron
said she got up one morning and
"some spirit" came to her with an
instruction "to go find the woman."
The stories have touched her core,
but she will not stop until they
receive proper care and support.
"I can't stop and I won't stop until
every one of my stories gets justice,
help, homes and counselling," she
"So I say, you know, what...if God
wants me to do this, I will do it,"
Every day she gets stronger after
meeting with the women who have
either been sexually abused, beaten
or abandoned by their children's
Byron said, "I did not expect this
to go the way it is going now. This
is a shock to me. I was expecting
"I did not know people living in
dirt house and in galvanise shed."
If help is not forthcoming the way
she wants, Byron is prepared to turn
her home into a shelter.
She said, "If it is my room alone,
I will do that."
"It will happen. There are gener-
ous people out there who will help."
Byron said she shifts through
donations and separates items
according to each family's needs.
However, she delivers food ham-
pers to those who speak out and said
she "gives equally."
Byron said no one is willing to
meet with her to discuss the issues
affecting the women.
"If I am a female prime minister
in this country, and I am seeing these
videos, I would have come out
"I am a woman, a mother, a wife
and the prime minister as leader,
hearing the people crying out from
hunger, pain and sorrow and she sit-
ting on a throne and she ain't come
Since June, Byron has visited close
to over two dozen women.
Nekisha Byron, aka Delilah, during a tour of a squatting community next to the Roodal Cemetery in San Fernando
on August 5. PHOTO: RHONDA RAMBALLY
Nekisha Byron, aka Delilah, records the story of resident Kamla Elahie on
August 5. PHOTO: RHONDA RAMBALLY
...seeks help for single, battered,
molested women in rural areas
'Delilah' fighting for poor women
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