Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Bajans reminded God is Dominican, Bahamian, yet devastation happened

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson speaking at the DEM presser held on May 30.

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson speaking at the DEM presser held on May 30.

Barbadians have been told to stop banking on 'God is a Bajan' as their main form of protection and preparation against natural disasters such as storms and hurricanes.

With the hurricane season officially commencing yesterday, June 1, though two named storms developed in the Atlantic during May, the Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson is knocking this myth in an effort to catapult Bajans to properly plan and prepare.

 

He urged:

"We have to prepare! 

"We cannot take comfort in the fact, as a lot of us have said traditionally that the Lord is a Bajan, because the Lord is also a Dominican, the Lord is also a Bahamian and those two countries, of course as we know, in 2017 and last year suffered tremendous devastation." 

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Noting that "in the case of Dominica, 220 per cent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP)" was wiped out by one hurricane, he stressed, "And God is a Dominican, and a Bahamian as much as He is a Barbadian."

He said that if persons wish to apply an old-time saying, "What I do know and I've heard from the time I was young is that the Lord helps those who help themselves, and we have to therefore prepare. We have no choice, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, but to do our best as a country."

Hurricane Maria in September 2017 was the first Category 5 hurricane to ever strike the island of Dominica. In 2019, Hurricane Dorian was a superstorm, a deadly Category 5 hurricane that hammered The Bahamas - Abaco Island and Grand Bahama, from August 24 to September 10. 

 

Video caption: Bahamians unite as they await relief from Dorian (September 18, 2019)

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