Pirates, predators force Orange Valley fishermen to seek jobs on land
by CHARLES KONG SOO
Fishing is the lifeblood for Orange Valley. But the deaths of fishermen, Jason Baptiste, 30, Hemraj Alex Sooknanan, 18, Anand Rampersad, 39, Justin Kissoon, 19, Brandon Kissoon, 21, Shiva Ramdeo, 27, and Leslie De Boulet has put a damper on the trade.
Their deaths still reverberate in the quiet village. It is as if the community as a whole were gutted as their names are talked about in hushed whispers and fear pervades the tightly-knit village. Their deaths continue to have a ripple effect in the community, with fewer fishermen venturing out to sea, staying closer to home where they have found odd jobs while some others remain unemployed.
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