Friday, December 15, 2017

'The battle we face has brought us to our knees'

Dominica's PM makes appeal to the world

Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt addressing the UN's General Assembly in New York on Saturday.

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit today made a heartfelt plea to the United Nations General Assembly for emergency international humanitarian aid to be sent to the island, which was hammered by Hurricane Maria last Monday.

He said Dominica's 72,000 inhabitants were now living in a warzone.

He called on UN members states with “substantial military capabilities” to lend Dominica rescue and rebuilding equipment that “may be standing idle waiting for a war.”

“Let Dominica be that war, because currently, our landscape reflects a zone of war,” Skerrit appealed during his 17 minute long address to the 72nd UN General Assembly, held at the UN headquarters, New York.

“We need water, food and emergency shelter. We need roads, bridges and new infrastructure. But we also need capabilities of delivery,” he implored.

”The battle we face has brought us to our knees,” Skerrit lamented.

NOTE: Read the full story in the Sunday Express