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‘And We Grow Weary, Waiting for the World to Hear Our Cry’

A heartfelt appeal to the world’s conscience on climate change and what his country has suffered, this is the full statement of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, at the Joint High Level Segment of the 23rd meeting of Conference of the Parties and the Parties to the Paris Agreement. He spoke on 16 November in Bonn, Germany.

TodayDominica stands on the front line … of the war on climate change. At 5pm on September 17th out of the mid-Atlantic Maria emerged as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of just over 120 kph. Within twenty-four hours this monster storm had moved from a Category 1 to a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds in excess of 270 kph. Hurricane Maria was reported to be one of the most rapidly intensifying storms in recent history. Our citizens barely had time to prepare before the ferocious winds and incessant rain began assaulting our nature island.

As night fell we hunkered down to await its onslaught. Some of us were forced to flee our homes in the dark of night seeking safe shelter, buffeted and battered, by the heavy rains and powerful winds.

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Updated On : 27th Nov, 2017
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