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Abaco resident asks, ‘where is aid going?’

An Abaco resident who left the storm-torn island three days ago said up to the time he left, he barely received any aid.

“Up to when we left Abaco, we got a case of water from the British soldiers and a container of wipes,” Captain Derrick Bain told The Nassau Guardian.

“…We came to civilization and we saw on the television things that were shipped to Abaco and the things that they said [were for] Abaco.

“We would like to know where [were] those things or who was distributing those things. And then, two of my sisters came to look for us because they didn’t have any communication as to where we were or if we still [were] alive or what happened.

“They came in and they left the next day. When they left from the Treasure Cay airport, we took them there and we saw some supplies that NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) had there, but what they were doing was giving people a bottle of water if you [were] leaving or snack or something for the children…”

Bain asked, “How can you get these supplies? And if all these generators and everything was donated and all these cases of water and food, where are they? Who [is] getting these? Who has them?”

He urged the government to use social media to inform the residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama of aid distribution locations.

The father of three, who is currently staying at the Hilton, also said his experience with Dorian is indescribable.

“If you don’t know, then you don’t know, but it was hard,” he said.

“It was rough. It was the most scariest thing ever, but then you know you have to stay strong because if I break down then the kids [are] going to break down.”

Bain’s son, Isaac, five, said he was scared during the storm.

“The roof was blowing down and we had to go in different rooms quick,” he said.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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