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Aftermath of a Hurricane in the Bahamas

Fr Franklyn

Fr. Franklyn Colebrooke, Sr., a Bahamian, shares his experience of the Bahamas after a hurricane. We are collecting funds for the relief of those affected by Dorian. My wife and I have contributed $100 and challenge others to match that gift. Checks may be made out to "Grace Episcopal Church" with "Dorian" in the memo and mailed to the church at PO Box 752, Clayton NC 27258. All donations go to help those in need.

John Gibson, Pastor

From my experience from having to minister on these Islands especially during the aftermath of hurricanes there are usually food and water shortages followed by fuel and electricity shortages, since the only means for transportation and shipping is by mail boat which services these various islands....and especially during hurricanes the oceans and seas are just too rough.....so apart from physical devastation of homes, schools, churches, government administration buildings the whole economy literally comes to a halt. 

May I also add that fuel shortages is the second most disaster since fuel is also shipped in...

For the poor man, the elderly, the unemployed another issue and problem similar to here is price gouging....to give an example.....add 100 % on any item one purchases, next add custom and Duty taxes, then our version of taxes, VAT... That’s even before they are off loaded of the ships.... Next every business now adds their markup for profit...before the item reaches the shelves in the stores and all if this is just normal business as usual...

Jennifer's nephew Drs. Mickey Hamilton and his wife, newlyweds were also baptized by fire in Abaco, the heart of the devastation, they both worked tirelessly at the clinic attending to the sick and wounded. My cousins lost their homes and apartments, their livelihoods....thank God thus far I have not heard of any of them losing their lives.

Fr. Franklyn Colebrooke, Sr.

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