Widow trying to stay strong during pandemic

A young widow and mother, who has been struggling since her husband died from cancer months ago, said the COVID-19 pandemic has made life more difficult than ever.

Jobless and alone, Bridgette Curry said she is determined to keep food on the table for her young daughter.

“It ain’t feel good,” Curry said.

Ever since her husband died last October, her life has been on a downward spiral, she said.

Her late husband played a major role in her life and that of their nine-year-old daughter.

Curry said she and her daughter were living in a comfortable home with her husband until he passed away from cancer.

The loss of his income made paying the rent impossible. She said they were evicted and have been living in an efficiency on Kemp Road for the past three months.

She said the small place is all she can afford, but she desperately wants to do better for the sake of her daughter.

“Well, I’m just trying and seeing how it goes,” Curry said.

“Hopefully I’ll get a job. I have my baby.”

While she is facing a difficult situation, Curry said she remains hopeful for herself and others in similar positions.

“Just stay strong,” she said.

“You have to look out for your babies, not you.”

Shortly after The Bahamas recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus in March, the government moved quickly to slow the spread of the virus. A state of emergency was declared, non-essential businesses were ordered closed, a curfew was imposed and social distancing measures were implemented.

As a result, thousands of Bahamians were laid off almost overnight.

Ninety-six cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in The Bahamas.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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