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The Bahamas April - May 2020 Situation Report

IOM visited Marsh Harbour, Abaco, one of the first islands that lifted COVID-19 restrictions. The IOM field reports that Abaco remains in a state of disrepair, with many homes lacking sufficient infrastructure to navigate the hurricane season safely. There is a shortage of essential building materials; therefore, many homes are still covered with tarpaulins to prevent water from rain entering. Additionally, there is a significant shortage of affordable rental homes for displaced persons, returnees, and workers hampering the progress of the recovery. The economic impact of Dorian and COVID-19 has been severe, with many families relying on NGOs and international organizations for food, water,and other essential items. Elder Sarone Kennedy, a member of the board for Civil Society Bahamas, was quoted, “The rebuilding process is difficult. Groups of people have come together to ease the burden on families and individuals, but Abaco is far from being the beautiful, serene island it once was.”

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Organisation(s): 
Organisation internationale pour les migrations
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Date de publication initiale: 
15 juil 2020
Type de document: 
Rapport de Situation