In his 2018 contribution to the calypso season, calypsonian, the Mighty Logas presented the calypso loving public with a song in which he sang about the devastating impact that Hurricane Maria had on Dominica. In his song he referred to the hurricane as a “boy” – a sex maniac, who carried the name of a girl (Maria) and who ultimately caused so many people to “come”.
First it was Dominica’s very own Dr. Carissa Ettiene, the current Director General of the Washington based, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); next came Prince Charles, Heir apparent to the British throne; He was followed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency António Guterres. The work of the Christian Charity, Samaritan Purse did not escape Logas’ sharp twist of satire and double meaning in his calypso ‘Maria”. It certainly is not too late for Logas to add Bill Clinton, former President of the United States – No. 42, to the long list of those who also “came”.
Yes, President Clinton did come to the Nature Isle on Tuesday February 6th 2018, amidst a tight gauntlet of security measures reserved only for such high profile individuals. President Clinton’s presence on our island and his personal security was not to be taken lightly. And rightly so!
He arrived at the Douglas Charles Airport where he was met by small group of government officials led by Foreign Minister Francine Baron and included Minister for National Security, Justice and Labour, Rayburn Blackmore and Ian Douglas, Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment. Also in attendance were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Social Services and Kalinago Affairs Sylvannie Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille and a number of other Protocol Officers from the Public Service.
From Melville Hall President Clinton’s motorcade travelled to Roseau for meetings with the Head of State, His Excellency Charles Angelo Savarin and the Cabinet of Dominica headed by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Following the meeting with Cabinet he held a short press briefing.
President Clinton visited two rural communities – (Pichelin in the south and Soufriere on south west coast)to see first-hand the ongoing restoration activities following the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on September 18th 2017 and to assess the recovery work that is presently ongoing.
Since leaving office, President Clinton has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. He created the William J Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming. Just last week President Clinton announced the formation of the Caribbean Action Network to assist island nations in the Caribbean which were devastated following the passage of several storms in 2017. Dominica was battered by the 200 plus miles, category5 ferocious winds of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Later this year, in April 2018, the organization will host a symposium in Miami to look at ongoing efforts at rehabilitation and recovery in the islands with and to galvanize greater international support for those islands devastated by the storms of 2017.