Trouble in paradise
Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas causing an unimaginable loss of property and lives.
By Aubrey Bruce
When most Americans think of the Bahamas they usually hear of it being the final destination that they have won as a prize awarded by one of the many game shows and television programs. I have a different perspective of the islands because my wife was a native of Nassau. We had secretly married in New York but less than a year before she passed away, we decided to renew our vows in Nassau so that we could celebrate with all of our extended Bahamian family. Just grilling and the smell of dolphin fish or tuna or mackerel or snapper, this wide variety of fresh fish are always perfect for any cuisine. Watching the blood orange sunset while grilling some tuna or deep frying some “cracked conch” with an ice cold glass of coconut milk is the perfect definition of heaven on earth. My angelic wife passed away in 2004. I am sure if she were still alive we would either be there already or be in route to help those less fortunate Bahamians that have been connected directly or indirectly with this historic and cultural altering tragedy. In an article published by cnbc.com on September 4, 2019 Prime Minister of the Bahamas“ Hubert Minnis said;. “We can expect more deaths to be recorded. This is just preliminary information.”
LaQuez Williams, pastor at Jubilee Cathedral in Grand Bahama, opened the church as a shelter for about 150 people. As the storm ground on, Williams said that from the higher ground of the church he could see people on their rooftops seeking refuge.
“They were calling for help, but you could not go out to reach,” Williams said. “It was very difficult because you felt helpless.”
Christopher Hinsey the brother of my late wife Jennifer Hinsey-Bruce and manager at Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. told me via telephone that; “Andros, Bahamas (the largest Bahamian island at over 125 square miles) was near normal as was the capital Nassau.. They were preparing to begin the process of restoring telecommunications as soon as possible on Abaco”
Many travel agencies located around the world will also feel the economic pinch as the people of the Bahamas try to put their lives and their economic system back together.
According to tourismtoday.com tourism alone provides an estimated 60% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs about half the Bahamian work force. So the Bahamas faces a two headed dragon; trying to rebuild with a significant part of their revenue stream either gone or interrupted.
Please find it in your hearts to donate and do what you can to help restore the great islands. God save the Queen and God save the people of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, set up by the Bahamian government, is accepting wire transfers. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone at 800-435-7669 or online here. The Salvation Army is accepting money for relief efforts in both the Bahamas and the United States.
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Christopher Hinsey, manager Batelco, Andros, Bahamas
Aubrey Bruce NFL analyst on ‘The Odd Couple Sports Show’ WCWA Fox Sports Radio, Toledo, Ohio