The ocean is therapeutic they say. Often times we forget just how wrathful she could be; how in one moment her body can give birth to the riches of millions and in that very same breath take it away.
My people felt that this month. They felt the almighty crash of the ocean waves lapping against the walls of their homestead. They have heard the wind howl his song of vengeance while like a thief tearing through their lives and taking what he has now pirated as his own.
My island nation has seen first hand the devastation that mother nature can bring, yet the unwavering drive to push on leaves us battle scarred yes, but not defeated.
Right now the islanders in the Central and Southern Bahamas feel alone and scared. They feel isolated, forgotten and desperate. I know this feeling. I can sympathize with this. Much like Hurricane Joaquin boldly made his presence known, Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne demanded Grand Bahama's attention in the same way.
We listened and we learned. We learned that when you call the out islands of the Bahamas 'Family Islands', it is more than a title, it is a vow. It is an oath, one that binds us together in a way that political affiliation and class cannot.
And in the most indistinguishable of ways we all have a role to play in this family. From business owners like Eddie Whan mobilizing relief efforts on the island of Grand Bahama, to change makers like Joey Gaskins and the 100 others posted at Odyssey Airport in Nassau, Bahamas.
We have seen endless support from every corner of this country. Ordinary people like you and I doing their very best to bring happiness to a people pleased by the simplest of things.
In this chaos, we have seen leaders like Member of Parliament for Long Island, Loretta Butler-Turner rise to the occasion. Ensuring that members of her constituency and outside of it obtain the care they are warranted.
The Bahamas is a chain of 700 islands boasting their own unique cultures and their own eclectic way of living. The names of the islands affected deserve to be remembered. San Salvador, Crooked Island, Acklins, Ragged Island, Long Cay, Inagua, Rum Cay, Mayguana, Exuma, and Long Island. Say them like a mantra, remind yourself that with each island there are now hundreds displaced and that require your support.
Tonight a child will go to sleep in an unfamiliar place. The safety of her own room taken away from her. Tomorrow her parents will feel the weight of the world bearing heavy on their shoulders. They deserve to be remembered. They deserve to know that they are not alone.
So what can you do? Prayers are always garnered, but faith without work is dead. Here are a list of causes you can donate to in order to show your support to the islands.
We are more than just a location for luxe vacations and honeymoons. We are a nation of pride filled people who love with the entirety of themselves. People that deserve your attention.