Jenny Seymour is a volunteer for CAFOD Hallam
I’m sure there isn’t one of us who hasn’t been affected by the devastating scenes on the news recently as a result of Hurricane Irma and her deathly blow across the Carribean and Florida. I am also sure that many of you, like me, will have friends or family over in those places affected by this destruction and have been glued to the TV or social media for news of your loved ones.
My cousin, her husband and 3 sons have lived in Florida now for many many years and finally last week she posted “what with black bears, snakes, mosquitoes, hot sun and hurricanes….it’s time to move back!” (although I think I may prefer the hot sun!). Whilst the strength of the hurricane had subsided slightly by the time it reached Orlando, they still had to hunker down, stay inside in a room with no windows, move all their furniture and belongings to a safe place and get ready with their hurricane lights and candles. They have now been without power for almost a week and they’re all suffering from “power envy” – when they hear that one of their fellow neighbours has had their power returned. It’s actually good to see that in Florida (obviously one of the more developed nations to have been hit by Irma) they are all getting together to have “community cook outs” where those with power are inviting others to come and enjoy a warm meal and drink and of course, food banks are serving an even greater need over there and people drop off their supplies at local churches.
Again, I find myself considering how lucky me and my family are to live where we do – we lost a few branches to “Aileen” earlier this week and this pales into comparison to the devastation elsewhere in the world. The poor people of Barbuda and Anguilla have lost everything and have to build their lives again, as have the people in Oaxaca, Mexico after the earthquake that struck last week as well. CAFOD has offered prayers and support to CARITAS Mexico, but they already have a strong emergency response capacity and CAFOD will be working through CARITAS Antilles which will cover the islands under their jurisdiction within the Carribean.
If you would like to donate to help the people who have suffered as a result of these horrific natural disasters, please click here to donate to CAFOD’s emergency response funds. You can give a one off donation or set up a direct debit today!