Why should I be concerned with those left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria?
Some people were fortunate enough to get their family members out of the Island of Dominica after the hurricane. Those who had the means to travel overseas left in droves by ferry, helicopter, and chartered planes. I am very thankful because my parents at such a ripe old age arrived safely after enduring weeks with no communication, electricity or running water.
For those left behind, it’s pure torture as the Government scrambles for food water shelter and clothing. Basic amenities are trickling in slowly. Towns have to be relocated due to the major damage of homes in many locations.
Don’t forget the children who lost homes and experienced such a tragedy. The schools are unable to give them a sense of normalcy due to the severe conditions of the buildings. Can you imagine living in a place that looks like a war zone?
There are many people living in shelters who has lost everything they own. I stopped to consider their plight and I couldn’t help but think about the pieces of their life they will have to rebuild all over again.
No one is coming to their rescue in order to get them off the Island. This is their home, and for those who have businesses and work in government positions, the task of rebuilding their country will be daunting.
For others left behind in broken wind-swept roofs, damaged and sunken homes, it was like living in a nightmare which will continue for years to come.
I am deeply concerned with those who are left behind because they are left with a country that will be impacted in so many ways as they pick up the pieces of their broken lives. We got our parents out but there are friends and relatives trying to deal with this new reality.
We have to thank God everyday for our blessings. Today is given, tomorrow is never promised. The people living in Dominica have a long road ahead in order to conquer the impact of this storm.
They will rebuild their Garden of Eden which is now littered with Debris. It is an opportunity for renewal and rebirth. Let us pray for those who are left behind so they can pick up the broken pieces of their lives.