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What happens when mothers are forced to emigrate in search of economic opportunities to provide a better life for their children? What happens to the child? Feelings of abandonment... longing... anger... Barrel Child by Pamela K. Marshall is a fictional account of the struggles a family must overcome when circumstance forces proof of a mother's love to be sent via airmail, ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 28th 2011
(first published 2011)
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May 24, 2011 Pen & Pad Publishing rated it it was amazing
For those who don't know, "barrel children" is a term for kids whose parents leave them behind when they move abroad to places like the US, Canada, and England to find better work and opportunity. The phenomenon is a major issue in the Caribbean. UNICEF in Jamaica agreed that "migration of parents who seek more lucrative employment abroad has had a negative impact on Jamaican children. Some children are left in the care of strangers, neighbours or even older siblings who are still children. Thes ...more
This book has so many connections, especially to Caribbean people. If you know anyone from the islands or anyone from a different country, this is a DEFINITE recommendation. Just the title alone reminded me of my sister's relationship to her "Barrel Child" daughter back in Jamaica. I hope a sequel is in the making. 5/5 Stars.
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