Barbudans Reflect on Irma One Year On

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Thursday 6th September, 2018 –Scores of Barbudans gathered in Codrington on Wednesday evening in thanksgiving to mark the first anniversary since the passage of Hurricane Irma.

September 6th, 2017 will forever be etched in the minds of those who were present on the sister isle when Maria blew in as a storm that will later be described as unreadable by hurricane experts.

The days, weeks and months that followed were nothing Barbudans had ever experienced in modern times. A mandatory evacuation, communal living and the struggle to put the pieces back together.

As the process continues, many paused last evening in sober reflection.

Here are excerpts from Wednesday’s service.

The rebuilding of Barbuda has been slower than what was expected, despite an international appeal for assistance from Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Prime Minister Browne at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York in September, 2017.

There was an outpouring of support and pledges from the international community and while many delivered, there were difficulties in others fulfilling their promises.

Accusations, finger pointing, claims of victimization all have attached themselves to Barbuda’s recovery programme.

On Thursday, many remembered the events leading up to, during and after Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda.

Former Barbudan M.P Arthur Nibbs on Talking Point this morning called for Barbudans to re-claim their pride.

The relationship between the central government and the Barbuda Council has been far from harmonious in the year since Hurricane Irma and a Barbuda People’s Movement controlled Council is causing further strain.

The Council has been accused of retarding the plans government has for the advancement of the sister isle. The recent issue was the granting of an injunction that blocked the construction of the international airport in Barbuda. Then there is a push in some circles for autonomy.