In 2010, the devoted mother gathered all her daughter’s belongings and rushed her to the airport to catch a flight destined for the United States of America. The child’s father, who is also a Jamaican entertainer, had successfully filed a US immigration petition for the child and while Markella was unwilling to send her daughter away, she believed he could offer a better life in the US.

Little did Markella know that, that bittersweet day in March 2010 was the last time she would see her daughter as she mulled her way through a nasty custody battle with the child’s father.

When I sat down with the “Real Bad Gyal” Sasique, she told me that she waited four years before she heard her daughter’s voice again.

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