The Government of Dominica in partnership with religious leaders today hosted a one hour of reflection in remembrance of those who have passed during hurricane maria.
It is the third anniversary since maria decimated the nature isle of the Caribbean, Dominica.
The island suffered extensive damages to include its housing sector, farming and agriculture, and infrastructural damages to include a few.
Today, three years on the government and the religious community reflect on those who lost their lives and give thanks to god for spearing the nation.
“Today we gather as a nation, on this 18th day of September, to reflect on what transpired three years ago during Hurricane Maria. This category 5 monster will remain etched in the minds of many as one of the most terrifying hurricanes that we as a people have ever experienced,” Minister for Governance, Public Service Reform, Citizen Empowerment, Social Justice and Ecclesiastic Affairs, Hon. Gretta Roberts said at Friday morning’s live event.
She added, “In spite of this, we have persevered, and as we reflect on where we have been to where we are now. We will all agree that we have a lot to be thankful for.”
The President of the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, Pastor Randy Rodney during his prayer moment, shared a powerful verse of scripture from the book of Lamentations.
“The book of Lamentations chapter three (3) and verse 19 through to 23 says this; The thought of my suffering and homelessness, is bitter beyond words, I will never forget this awful time. As I grieve over my loss, yet, I still dare to hope when I remember this; the faithful love of the Lord never ends, his mercies never cease, great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh every morning. I say to myself ‘The Lord is my inheritance therefore I will hope in him.”
Meanwhile, Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire also shared during the time of reflection.
He said, “The examples of maria, Erika and even Covid-19 are indications to us that it is not business as usual and that to a significant extent the future of our planet is in our hands.” Bishop added. “We cannot, but take responsibility for our planet earth if we hope to survive or to thrive.”
Malzaire also took the opportunity to commend the government who entertained the novel idea of working towards making Dominica the first climate-resilient country in the region, or maybe in the world.
“It is a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment, not just the distant nature, but crucially the place where we live, the way in which our lifestyle and decisions as a society can endanger both the natural world and those who inhabit it. I cannot overemphasize how responsible we all are for the future of planet earth, our common home,” Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire says.