- Dec 5, 2019
Venezuelan refugee children in Trinidad are having problems getting into school.
In Trinidad, the word “parang” stems from the Spanish “parranda,” meaning: “group of serenaders” or “act of merry-making.” Groups of parang singers and musicians, called paranderos, would go house to house during the evenings of the Advent and Christmas seasons, expecting no food or monetary compensation.
Local counselors in the Caribbean are concerned about a growing tendency among adolescents and young adults to choose suicide or self-harm and the limited scope of ministry available in local Catholic parishes for suicide prevention or family healing.
A priest in Trinidad was threatened with having his “legs chopped off” by robbers who took several thousand dollars from the parish.
Amerindians in Trinidad have a special devotion to St. Rose of Lima.
Venezuelan migrants seeking asylum or hoping to file for refugee status in Trinidad and Tobago are being charged and deported instead of helped through the process.