Trinidad & Tobago’s PM says no help for Hurricane Tomas victims unless it benefits Trinidad & Tobago too
The BFP crew joined the outrage against Persad-Bissessar’s statements made earlier this week – until Marcus walked into the room and gave us his outstanding impression of Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II…
“We’re both part of the same hypocrisy…
…but Kamla’s decided she’d rather tell the truth.”
Proponents of CARICOM love to talk about how wonderful and strong the Caribbean Community could be if we would only unite and put aside our selfishness. If the stronger and wealthier countries would help our neighbours to the best of our ability, the entire family would progress.
Fine words. Fine thoughts.
The Caricom party line heard for decades ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
So when Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said that Trinidad and Tobago taxpayers are getting tired of being thought of as the CARICOM family piggy bank, that she has to consult with the citizens before her government can make promises AND that if houses are to be built as a gift from T&T, it will be T&T companies that build them with T&T materials… WELL… that put the mongoose in the chicken pen!
It’s been almost nine months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. As with every major crisis there was lots of interest, promises and concern for a little while. Then we forgot about Haiti. All of us forgot, Barbados included.
Nine months later. Cholera killed almost 500 Haitians in the last week alone.
Nine months later. Tens of thousands still living in mud with little to eat. No problem. Haiti has been hell on earth for decades. People were eating dirt cookies before the earthquake. What’s the problem with them eating dirt now?
After all that outpouring of assistance, meet one of the Haitian people who doesn’t matter any longer – now that the moment has passed…
“This is Kephania. She is 8 months old and weighs 9 pounds. Her mother and father are both dead. She is really struggling to live right now.”
…from the Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center
Remember Haiti? Remember how Barbados limited its assistance?
It didn’t take long to cut through the Bajan veneer of sincerity about Haiti, did it?
Barbados did not take in a single injured patient from Haiti. Not twenty. Not ten. Not five. Not two. Not even one.
Our sovereign nation was formally asked by the USA to take some patients from the hospital ship, the USS Comfort, because the ship was full and people were being turned away to die. We were asked to take critical care patients, but if we couldn’t manage that we were also asked to take amputees in stable condition to free up space and medical resources in Haiti.
Barbados said “No”
“No stinkin’ Haitians aboard the good ship Barbados. Not a one. Let ‘em die.”
… from the BFP article Was the US charge d’affaires surprised by Barbados’ refusal to look after Haitian injured?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, the small island nations of St. Vincent, Barbados and St. Lucia are looking for help from Trinidad & Tobago.
Ask yourself these questions… Did we really do as much as we could for Haiti for the last nine months? Why should we expect anything different from our neighbour, Trinidad and Tobago?
You know the answer, because “We’re both part of the same hypocrisy”
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