Yesterday’s screening of Nadine White’s thought-provoking documentary, “Barrel Children,” at the #VoicesofWindrushFestival, left the audience deeply moved and craving further understanding of the struggles endured by children left behind in the Caribbean and Africa while their parents sought a better life in the UK.
Having been raised by his grandmother in Guyana, Colin struggled to accept his “stranger” of a mother upon arrival. His assertion would often lead to reprimands, and he noticed that his siblings, born in the UK, received preferential treatment. Astonishingly,
Colin shared with the audience that it was only two years ago, after decades of a strained relationship devoid of bonding and affection, that he finally forged a meaningful connection with his mother.
For Marion Smith, the film evoked a strong emotional response. Her father left St. Kitts when she was only six months old, followed shortly by her mother.
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