By Stephen Chan
December 03, 2009 – guardian.co.uk
Sea Lots is a slum that lies only a kilometre from the luxury hotels where the presidential and prime ministerial delegations from 53 Commonwealth countries, including the Queen, gathered last weekend in Trinidad and Tobago. Two huge cruise ships were tethered alongside it to provide overflow accommodation for the great and good. Many of them were confined to windowless cabins.
Sea Lots is an embarassment to Trinidad and Tobago. The government tried to screen it away from view during the Summit of the Americas last April. The locals called the barrier the Obama Wall, as it was meant to prevent the visiting president from catching sight of the slum. He would have smelt it, though. A fish factory sits on its edge and every open drain reeks of fish.
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