Written by on September 20, 2017

“It is clear that we have a tremendous challenge on our hands, in the Caribbean region as a whole.”

Those were the words of Grenada’s Prime Minister and Chairman of CARICOM Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, in response to the effects of Hurricane Maria in Dominica, on Monday night.

The Prime Minister, who appeared visibly shaken by the news coming out of Dominica, after that country was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, said that he had spoken to his colleague Prime Minister in Dominica on Monday night, during the passage of the hurricane. Since then, there has been no communication from the Dominican leader to his colleagues.

Dr. Mitchell expressed his best wishes for the safety of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the people of Dominica and he offered Grenada’s solidarity and support and extended best wishes to all other Islands in the path of Hurricane Maria—the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe and other Islands which are under Hurricane Watch or Warning.

The Grenadian leader made a public plea to all Grenadians, stating that “we, in Grenada must recognize that we have a tremendous responsibility to help out our brothers and sisters in Dominica and all other affected countries. This is about us, the region.”

The Prime Minister was addressing the media on Wednesday upon returning to Grenada after his last weekend’s visit to Turks and Caicos and several islands in the Bahamas which were affected by Hurricane Irma only a week before. Earlier last week also, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Prime Minister and a team from the CARICOM Secretariat also visited with, and expressed solidarity and support to the Governments and people of the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda—slands which were all damaged by Hurricane Irma.

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