It's worth reading this article just to illustrate the total disconnect between the two islands. Samaritans Purse volunteers have rebuilt the homes, the Red Cross have distributed aid, the UN have shared materials. And we are still waiting for electricity which is one of the few things we are supposed to get from Antigua, and a basic requirement for everyday life and for our businesses to prosper.
The sad anniversary of Irma is here. We didn't expect much from our government but we did expect that our basic infrastructure would be well on the way to recovery. Not so - and the Antigua Observer remembers why ...
'Not to mention the talk of a ‘land-grab’ especially in light of a certain questionable clause in a certain sweetheart deal with a certain investor. Of course, suspicions deepened when there seemed to be a prioritising of the new airport project over such things as the Hannah Thomas Hospital, the Holy Trinity School, the restoration of water and electricity and the removal of rubble. Not to mention the downright spiteful and vicious name-calling. Yes, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, words such as ‘deracinated,’ ‘imbeciles,’ ‘in-breeding,’ ‘mendicants,’ and other unflattering adjectives became part of our daily lexicon, much to our dismay. And much to the astonishment of the world!
Read the rest of the article here.
Joanne C Hillhouse of Antigua writes in the Huffington Post....
It has been disappointing observing all this play out, particularly some of the language lobbed at Barbudans (described as ungrateful squatters and, infamously by Browne, deracinated imbeciles') In many ways, it has been the worst of us. I believe that Barbudans, still facing an uncertain future, have been traumatized by Irma and some of what has followed. I wish that we could be Antigua and Barbuda, prioritizing Barbudans’ interests, working together to figure out a future that adjusts for our various shared vulnerabilities — economic, political and climate related.
Yes, so do we.
There is an alternative view of Barbuda's self determination that we could both be proud of. But as was apparent at John McCains funeral in the USA, we have to call our leaders out for what they are.
Big thanks to the Sandals Foundation, who have donated to the Holy Trinity School, which is being repaired by Council in time for the new term. Perhaps they would like to move their resort to Barbuda as well?
...is ready to help, says Arthur Nibbs, a year after the hurricane.
It lasted three weeks. I'm not even going to bother to put in a link.
Construction of the new 'international airport' that was begun days after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, while Barbudans were still evacuees in Antigua, and before most had even collected their lost posessions, has been halted by a court injunction until a Judicial Review can be heard on 26th September 2018.
Leslie Thomas QC of Garden Court Chambers in the UK said about the case 'Steady and unabated land clearing for the construction of the airport has been observed by locals for the last year despite major delays, including the return of essential services, in the island’s recovery from Category 5+ Hurricane Irma. The case, expected to be closely followed throughout the Caribbean region and international community, including environmental and human rights communities, could set the stage for similar action across the islands regarding sustainable development planning and ethical government conduct, both critical areas of public interest. This is the latest in a series of legal actions being taken by Barbudans against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda surrounding the attempt to force changes to the land tenure system and introduce unsustainable and speculative developments on the island of Barbuda'.