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BLP acts to help Dominica

The opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has established a Dominica Children’s Relief Fund to assist Dominican children affected by the unforgiving floodwaters of Tropical Storm Erika.

In a hastily called press conference at the Opposition Office today, BLP leader Mia Mottley made an impassioned plea to Barbadians for help for Dominicans struggling to recover from the devastating damage dealt by the storm.

Calling it an “unexpected storm which Dominica had not been prepared for,” Mottley said Dominica had always been a supporter of Barbadian artistes and now was the time for Barbadians to give back.

“They weren’t even on a tropical storm watch . . . and it has caused catastrophic damage. The situation is grim,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader told reporters.

“Apart from offering our support as individuals, as a party and in whatever form that we can, I’d like to be able to appeal to Barbadians that they find a way of focusing on extending our helping hand to the children of Dominica in whatever way we can.”

In revealing the establishment of the Dominica Children’s Relief Fund, Mottley said account 455392 had been opened at Scotiabank where people can make donations.

She also announced that a relief concert featuring several of Barbados’ top artistes would be held sometime in October, with the proceeds going to the fund.

Meanwhile, BLP General Secretary Jerome Walcott said while Dominica was in a bad state, without urgent assistance, things would get increasingly worse.

He pointed to the possible spread of water-borne diseases, especially since the number of bodies being recovered are expected to rise.

3 Responses to BLP acts to help Dominica

  1. Frank Gilkes August 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    This is the type of decisive leadership Barbados and Barbadians so desperately need. Let us help our brothers and sister in Dominica.

  2. Bajan boy August 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Will someone please wake up Freundel and let him know that there was a tropical storm which has had a severe effect on Dominica and his services are needed. At least do something as Prime Minister for the first time for his salary..

  3. maxjustina August 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Home drum beat first. I am sure that Dominicans would tell you the same.

    There are so many women in Barbados who, though working, are unable to tell you how they are going to purchase food until the next monthly pay day in September. Such women have spent much money on their health problems over the years; on their education after secondary school and on other commitments that were necessities for their work. With the intent on adding insult to injury, their employers have seen to it that they would never advance in the job under their watch and so these women continue to struggle and to suffer in silence.

    These women are rated as High Risk clients by the financial institutions in Barbados and are unable to have their loans “topped up” to ease some of the burden. Some of these women “have been made invisible to men”. Some of them have fallen into the trap of entering into private prostitution with old wicked men who give them the money but take their energy.

    Those women who have refused to enter into such “private unholy contracts” have been described in a derogatory manner and have been under attack from them, in ways such as: “sending” to them additional illnesses by way of dreams and “entering” persons who would assist them without any “strings attached” to change their minds about helping such women.

    As has been said by an Apostle in Ghana and known to be true: “The greatest manipulation of persons goes on in dreams, which then become foggy in your memory, making it difficult to relay the contents of the dreams to anyone”. In the many such cases, a medical cure can never be found because the illnesses are of a “spiritual” nature. The physical (medical) can never comprehend the spiritual and healing will never take place unless the act of Deliverance is carried out on that person by a trained and holy man or woman of Yahereh.

    Ms Mottley, let us search out those Barbadian women and help them to lift their heads once more. Many of them do not want “hand-outs”, they want an opportunity to provide better for themselves as they grow weary in years. Some of these women are known to you. Help them first. Allow them to rekindle some of their dignity that had been eroded over the years – as much as twenty years.


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