Crooked Island’s Devastation

GOVTRESPONSE_HURRICANEJOAQUINGoing on a month after Hurricane Joaquin’s devastation, at least 16 Bahamians are still living in the small clinic on Crooked Island because they are homeless with nowhere else to go. The Prime Minister, in his last address to Parliament, did not give a timeline for when the restoration of electricity there would begin, all he said was work should begin “soon”. As for all residents there who are now homeless, all he said was accommodations need to be found for them – but said nothing of what the government was doing about that obvious need. Almost 70% of the homes there are said to have been destroyed. A private citizen – and not the government – is repairing the government schools on the island, according to the Prime Minister’s Communication to Parliament.

Reports from residents there say they have nothing by way of materials with which to begin to rebuild their lives and that many of the residents are suffering from psychological distress and mental shock. My God. How can government sleep at night knowing that Bahamians are forced to live this way this long after the passage of a natural disaster? Our Hurricane victims are human beings. They are Bahamians. They are taxpayers. They are no less worthy of immediate care and attention than any one of us reading this post. When will Crooked Islanders, as well as all victims displaced by the hurricane, get the relief they so desperately need?