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Official worried about fate of Haitians on Abaco

Haitian Chargé d’Affaires Dorval Darlier expressed concern yesterday about the fate of Haitians living on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

“I’m worried about them because it’s more easy for the Bahamians to get back on their feet because some of them, their houses [were] insured,” Darlier said.

“Do you see what I mean? I think the Bahamians can have the best program to assist them.

“The Bahamians may not be able to assist everyone. They may not have the capacity to assist everyone.

“It’s time for the Haitians around the world to invest in housing, to facilitate the Haitians to get back because it’s going to be very, very hard for them.”

Darlier stressed that he did not believe Bahamian authorities would leave Haitians out by the unfair distribution of aid.

He said he has observed officials “distribute aid to everyone”.

“They feed them well [and treat them] if they’re sick,” Darlier said.

He added, “When they evacuated them, everybody evacuated at the same time.”

Hurricane Dorian pulverized Abaco and Grand Bahama. The storm, which made landfall in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, as a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour, “decimated” the community, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said.

The death toll is 50, according to Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson.

Asked if he thought the government was leaving out Haitians in the death toll, Darlier said, “No way. Why would I say such a thing and I don’t have the report? And the report has not come out yet?”

He added, “I believe only one thing that may concern me is how many Haitians have died. But, it’s very difficult for me to ask the government and to give such a report…because there were a few who was illegal who the government does not know if they are dead. That’s why I say it is difficult to say how many.”

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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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