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Princes Town mother of three Bis-
soondaye Geeta Seenath, who spent
seven days wandering in the Matura
Forest last month, is back home with
Seenath, 47, was released from the
Sangre Grande Hospital on Friday,
after spending nearly two weeks
recovering from injuries she sustained
during her seven-day ordeal.
Yesterday, a beaming Seenath chat-
ted and joked with relatives when
journalists visited her at her Man-
ahambre, Princes Town, home.
She said she was happy to be home,
but she was still in pain.
As she spoke with reporters,
Seenath was seen rubbing her right
leg, which was bandaged and
appeared swollen. Her left leg had
scratches and bruises. The skin on
her heel and under her feet also
appeared blistered and red.
On June 8, Seenath went missing
in the Matura forest during a hike to
the Rio Seco waterfall. Sea and land
searches were carried out by police,
army, relatives and volunteers for
seven days, but there was no sign of
On June 15, a weary, haggard-look-
ing Seenath wandered on to the prop-
erty of Toco resident Jerod "Wire"
Nelson. She was subsequently taken
to the Sangre Grande Hospital where
she was treated.
She again said yesterday that the
only thing that helped her survive for
seven days in the forest was prayer.
"For seven days I did not sleep. I
sit down under the rocks until morn-
ing clear. It had mosquitoes, it had
crabs," she said.
"Nothing was going through my
mind. I was just praying and that is
all. I pray every day and every night
until I reach out and I thank God for
Seenath admitted her experience
had changed her life.
"Whatever experience, I am going
to continue my devotion. I am not
going to stop. It made me much
stronger. It has changed me a lot. I
just get stronger and I am going to
continue doing what I have been
doing---praying. Yes, it has given me
a new lease on life," she said.
Her daughter Roshnie, 19, said she
was relieved to finally have her mother
home. She said when she got the call
that her mother was found she felt
like a "great weight" was lifted off
her shoulders. However, she expressed
disappointment that no government
official had visited the family during
the period when her mother was
missing to offer support.
"They should have come. Even
words of encouragement would have
been nice. That is all, because we
asked for nothing in return. Words
of encouragement that is all that we
asked for," Roshnie said.
Seenath said she did not want to
talk too much about what happened
to her in the forest. However, she
explained that on the afternoon of
June 8, she went with her friends to
the waterfall. When she was finished
bathing she told her friends she was
She said while walking out from
the waterfall she lost her way.
"I do not know if they (my friends)
hear me (when I say I leaving) and I
continue walking and I was walking
in the back of these people and I
stand up to rest, and when I stand
up to rest for five minutes I just lost
the track and I went down the hill
and I went down to the camp," she
She said she could not hear any-
thing where she was and she began
walking along the river.
Seenath said when the light faded
she bent her head on her knees and
"I continue praying whole night until
the morning clear."
She said around 6.30 am the next
day she continued to walk along the
"I keep walking, walking every day,
day by day," she said.
She said at no point did she feel
like giving up or that she was not
going to survive.
"I never felt that. I tell myself I
coming out of here," she said.
She said two days after she got lost
she found her survival stick, a piece
of Mora tree, which she used to walk.
During her walk to find her way
out of the forest, Seenath said she
fell from a cliff into the river.
"I climbed the mountain and
climbed the rock and I fall. When I
fall, I fall in shallow water and I hit
my knee, I hit the shoulder, my head
and from there I continue walking
until I find my way out," she said.
She thanked everyone who came
out to search for her in the forest.
Seenath expressed sorrow for the
injury volunteer Jonathon Constantine
received while helping in the search
Constantine was shot in the arm
when he encountered a trap gun in
the forest. He is still warded at the
Sangre Grande hospital.
Matura Forest victim back home
Mr Renzo's dancer "Angel" does a headstand on stage, as Renzo performs his popular song Bend Yuh
Back with Aidonia during the Summ Fun concert at O2 Park, Chaguaramas, on Saturday night.
PHOTO: DION ROACH
Siparia vendors are crying
foul, claiming they were
bypassed in the allocation of
prime selling spots in the new
Yesterday, several of the ven-
dors voiced their dissatisfaction
over the number of stalls allotted
to some vendors and the location
Vendor Ramsumair Ramlogan,
who has been selling vegetables
for past 30 years in Siparia, com-
plained that he did not get a stall
in the new market.
Another vendor who sells
plants, said she had no spot.
"Outside people here. They
have four stalls. People who
never sell here before get stalls,"
She said Siparia vendors
should be given "first preference"
when stalls are being allotted.
"They should choose people
who accustomed selling in the
market," she said.
Yesterday, chairman of the
Siparia Regional Corporation Leo
Doonath assured the vendors
that they have nothing to fear
since all vendors will be accom-
modated in the new market.
"Over the next three Sundays
we will regularise them," he said.
He said the corporation had
allowed the vendors to use the
new facility, which is yet to be
formally opened, as a temporary
measure because of the poor
conditions they were forced to
sell in at Lalla Street, Siparia.
"Vendors and customers were
under pressure," Doonath said.
"They were facing the ele-
ments. Their stalls were located
on Lalla Street, which was a tem-
porary location, and it has
become dilapidated. So they were
temporarily moved into the mar-
ket where, in time to come, we
will regularise them."
Doodnath said there will be
transparency in the allotment of
stalls since the corporation has
formal records on all the bona
fide vendors in Siparia. He said
he met with the Siparia Vendors
Association several days ago
about the need to regularise the
Doodnath said he is awaiting
word from Local Government
Minister Dr Surajrattan Ram-
bachan on when the market will
be formally opened. (RR)
Siparia vendors cry foul
on booth allocations
Former Caribbean Airlines
board member Venosh Sagewan-
Maharaj is not on the Housing
(HDC) board, says Housing Min-
ister Roodal Moonilal.
Moonilal was asked about the
issue yesterday, following a report
which claimed Sagewan-Maharaj
was a Cabinet appointee expected
to be named to the HDC board
and had "run afoul of integrity
The report claimed Maharaj did
not file integrity declarations for
2009 and also had issues when
he was with the CAL board.
The new HDC board will
receive its instruments of
appointment at 10 am today at
a function on-site of the con-
struction of HDC s Cyrpress Gar-
dens community in Union Hall,
Former CAL chairman
Rabindra Moonan is tipped for
the board, along with PP Senator
James Lambert and a Tobago
House of Assembly representa-
Sagewan-Maharaj and Moonan
were part of the CAL board which
was replaced last month by
Finance Minister Larry Howai.
In view of the claim that Sage-
wan-Maharaj had not filed the
integrity declarations, Moonilal
was asked if Sagewan-Maharaj
would be on the HDC board.
Asked about names tipped in
the public domain for the board,
Moonilal said the Government
had adjusted the "skills mix" on
the board to include more tech-
nical expertise. (GA)
HDC board to be installed today
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