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St Croix, Invisible to the World, Because of the Media

St Croix, Invisible to the World, Because of the Media
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St Croix, Invisible to the World, Because of the Media

I’m writing to focus on the plight of the US Virgin Islands after receiving a devastating ‘knock out’ by hurricane Irma and Maria.

The day earlier than Hurricane Maria demolished Puerto Rico, Sept 20, 2017, she destroyed the USA Virgin Islands, additionally referred to as the America’s Paradise, a gaggle of islands within the Caribbean that’s situated 40 miles (64 km) east of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Virgin Islands include the principle islands of St Croix, St John, St Thomas and Water Island.

For some unusual purpose, the media protection is nearly non-existent. I’ve debated with this query for years, ‘If a tree falls within the forest, and there is no person round to listen to, does it make a sound?’ I’ve flipped-flopped for years, “Sure, it made a sound and No, it did not.” However after the dearth of protection throughout and after the devastating results that has crippled St. Croix by Hurricane Maria, I’ll by no means debate (with that query) once more. Sure, if the tree fell within the forest, it made a sound. Though there’s lack of media protection of this disastrous storm, sure, Maria wrecked St. Croix.

Let’s again observe to Sept 6, Irma, a class 5 hurricane, arrived, hammered and ruined St. Thomas, St. John, the British Virgin Islands and different Caribbean islands. All strains of communications had been misplaced whereas households and buddies flooded social media with prayers and cries, simply wishing they’ll hear one phrase about their love ones. Strangers wept as individuals posted frantic emotional messages about their love ones. Nobody cared if the individual was black or white, feminine or male, Muslim or Christian, Straight or Homosexual, Democrat or Republican, Trump lover or Trump hater, the reward of life was in jeopardy and that is all everybody cared about.

The subsequent day, Thursday, Sept 7, not a social media submit, not a phone name, not even the 2 little blue checkmarks that usually appeared on Whatsapp was seen. Then on Friday, Sept 8, I acquired a Whatsapp message, “Good day my buddies and family members. I’m nice and so are my daughters. The island is in break. Thank God… we’re alive. The hospital is broken and must be deserted. I’m at work now however all of the sufferers might be out by tomorrow. Thank for checking. Maintain praying. Love you! Stan.” My pal (with whom I spoke) is a nurse in St. Thomas hospital and once I acquired his message, I used to be relieved that I lastly acquired a message that there’s nonetheless life on St. Thomas, however then water flooded my eyes, my fellowmen lives stay in jeopardy. I felt helpless and that is the worst feeling. There’s not an actual rely but, however Irma claimed some lives on St. Thomas.

Irma turned a world identified journey vacation spot, St. Thomas & St. John, into rubbles. The roof of the hospital was ripped off and water got here pouring in. Emergency efforts started nearly instantly to airlift sufferers from St. Thomas hospital to Puerto Rico and St. Croix respectively. Whereas aid was on the way in which for the sufferers, the Crucian individuals felt the burning need to do one thing to assist their sister islands. St. Croix individuals started their rescue efforts and loaded boats with circumstances of bottle waters, meals, garments, turbines, and something they may get their arms on, to move to St. Thomas. The Crucians even arrange non permanent eating places on St. Thomas to offer the individuals sizzling contemporary meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On their method again to St. Croix, some individuals of St. Thomas and St. John had been transport to St. Croix. Their efforts continued till the alarm sounded {that a} Class 5 Hurricane was in direct path to St. Croix with winds over 165 miles per hour.

The evening of Sept 19 was the second longest evening of my life. I stayed up crying all evening, simply imaging the destruction of Hurricane Maria. Blowing away galvanized roofs, breaking electrical poles, uprooting massive mahogany bushes, flooding individuals’s properties and shredding the whole lot in her path. I began to relive 28 years in the past once I witnessed Hurricane Hugo that visited and devastated St. Croix. At the moment that have was my worst. It was the longest evening of my life. I used to be 15 years of age and I bear in mind roughly 10pm when the roof simply peeled off and inside seconds all I noticed had been black skies and the sound of provoke colliding within the gushing winds. My dad and mom, 5 of my brothers and I remained shut to one another as we ran to our different home that was unfinished. We hid behind the partitions. Our home had a accomplished roof, however no home windows or doorways. And my dad did not board up the home windows earlier than the storm. After the hurricane was over, the roof for that home stay intact, thank God. That evening my mother and I slept on a sheet of plywood on the moist chilly concrete ground. The subsequent morning, the island resembled the stays of a battle area. The whole panorama was rusty brown as if your complete island was set on fireplace by a malicious group of gangsters, homes changed into rubbles, bushes damaged from the bottom or uprooted. Curfew was enforced. I bear in mind sitting on the steps ready for the army truck to cease by and drop off meals. I fortunately ran up the highway and gladly instructed them the quantity of individuals in my household and the troopers gave me a field of effectively packaged meals. We stayed out of faculty for roughly 2 months and greater than 6 months with out electrical energy and working water.

Throughout these instances, a tear by no means rolled down my eyes, all I needed to do was survive. Nevertheless, 28 years later, tears flooded my eyes, frightened of the unknown and the irritating half was there was no phrase on mainstream media that Hurricane Maria was instantly hitting St. Croix.

Most of us on the mainland, tuned into CNN, FOX, ABC NEWS, however there was no phrase of St. Croix. As if St. Croix does not exist. Sure, Maria devastated St. Croix and a couple of days later, I discovered that Maria additionally demolished the already devastated islands of St. Thomas and St. John. So, the query is, “If the media does not report one thing, did it occur? Do not give it some thought, let me reply the query, “Sure, Hurricane Maria destroyed the USA Virgin Islands together with Puerto Rico and different Caribbean islands.”

On Sept 6, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he spoke with Governor Kenneth Mapp of the Virgin Islands and ‘We’re with you all!’ That was a message regarding Hurricane Irma. I’m not positive if President Trump was knowledgeable about Maria hitting St. Croix, however both method, I would like President Trump and the individuals of America to know that United States Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas, & St. John) had been demolished by the apple of IRMA and MARIA evil eyes.

The Virgin Islands are dwelling to about 107,000 individuals, its inhabitants is made up of a various set of people who find themselves predominantly English talking.

I and different Virgin Islanders who’re residing on the US (mainland), want to plead for media protection of this ravaged space which is a vacationer vacation spot that caters to over 2.6 million individuals who go to yearly.

In conclusion, as a direct results of Hurricane IRMA and MARIA, most of the properties within the Virgin Islands had been flooded and are lacking roofs or have collapsed partitions. Many roads are impassible as a result of flooding, fallen bushes, and downed energy poles. Many properties are with out electrical energy and entry to secure ingesting water.

The Media just isn’t solely an vital a part of society, however it’s the ‘watchdog’ who’s liable for giving hope to the unvoiced. On this occasion, they’re absent. Why? WE want motion NOW!

Be aware: This was not an article to complain however to elucidate the severity of the state of injury and the dearth of consideration for People in America’s Paradise.

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St Croix, Invisible to the World, Because of the Media

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