A week after the destructive passage of hurricane category 5 Dorian, which devastated much of the Bahamas, the Haitian community living in the archipelago, is still under shock...
Former Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Haiti in the Bahamas Dorval Darlier appointed as new Charge Affaires, pending the appointment of a new Ambassador not able to say how many Haitians have been victims of Dorian, claiming that the official figures of 43 dead do not reflect the truth because of the communication and access problems of the affected areas.
He recognizes that on the island of Abaco, 85% destroyed, a large Haitian community lived in the largest slum in the Bahamas in the neighborhood nicknamed "The Mudd" (the mud) of which there remains only a vast field of debris of small houses where floats the stench of death, an area that has not yet been visited by rescue teams, but whose survivors, who lack everything (food and water) report having seen many bodies of Dorian victims half-buried in the mud.
According to Dr. Duane Sands, Minister of Health of the Bahamas "We assume," he says, "that all groundwater, all the water in the community, is contaminated by open latrines and decomposing bodies [...]"
In Haiti, Chancellor Edmond Bocchit confirmed that, on the instructions of President Jovenel Moise, additional financial assistance of US $ 20,000 had been allocated to the Haitian Embassy in Nassau, to help Haitian migrants who had been victims of Dorian and that he was expecting a more complete report to allocate a second envelope as needed.
Until then help of the Government of Haiti, only a private shipment (an initiative of the company "Haitian Emergency Response Operations") of water purifiers, blankets, hygiene kits, shoes, shoes. Medicines, hospital supplies, as well as food supplies. of drinking water arrived on site Saturday, September 7
Recall that of a population of 390,208 inhabitants living in the archipelago of the Bahamas, the number of Haitians is estimated at 80,000 (± 20%) of which more than 50,000 are in the irregular migratory situation. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), considers that Haitians make up the bulk of the migrant population in the Bahamas.