On September 1st, 2019 a monstrous hurricane ravished the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama the north-western islands of the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian bared cat 5 conditions on these islands for 48 hours.
From the aftermath of this hellish storm comes stories of survival and resilience. Each survivor’s story is different, with immense detail that would make you feel as though you lived through it with them. However, it is a day that my people will never forget.
Like most families, we all lost something. My family lost our family home of fifteen years, vehicles, jobs, and every experience that made our island our peaceful dwelling place. After the eye of the storm had passed, the roof of my parent’s home was ripped to pieces, save for one bathroom that became their safety retreat amid the howling winds. My dad and brother even risked their lives, where others were not fortunate, attempting to reinforce a window after the 220 gusty winds ripped the shutter off.
Albeit my entire family survived the storm, Dorian afflicted eternal scars on hapless families. However, during the storm, I was informed that everyone from my family spent three prolonged nights sleeping in the only bathroom where the roof was still attached or in closets. As the hurricane ceased, those three nights intensified the despair sensed by everyone. After the hurricane lifted from the decimated island, my brothers and cousin slept on water-soaked mattresses outside, and in cars that provided a safe shelter from the elements.
Due to the hurricane, my family lost everything. Therefore, I am attaching a link to a GoFundMe as we ask for support. All donations will be used to meet our basic needs such as transportation, housing, groceries, and other essentials.
We would appreciate any donation amount. Thank you for taking the time to read a snippet of the experience my family went through.
Here is the link for my family’s GoFundMe, click here.