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‘I cry for you my people as I see your misery’- Hon Fraser RA

According to Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Government has a responsibility to see that persons made homeless by Hurricane Irma are put back into homes, ‘for at the end of the day, it is their obligation to protect their citizens by ensuring their wellbeing.’ Photo: VINO/File
Many persons were made homeless following the hurricanes of September 2017 and, according to Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Government has a responsibility to fix this, ‘for at the end of the day, it is their obligation to protect their citizens by ensuring their wellbeing.’ Photo: VINO/File
Many persons were made homeless following the hurricanes of September 2017 and, according to Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Government has a responsibility to fix this, ‘for at the end of the day, it is their obligation to protect their citizens by ensuring their wellbeing.’ Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Noting that no one can ever recall having an entire August Festivity canceled as was the case last year, and neither is there record of a single category 5 Hurricane, let alone two, Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has stated that he has shed tears, had sleepless nights and has even allowed himself to go hungry as he seeks to play his part in helping persons, especially in his constituency, recover following the devastating effects of the hurricanes in September 2017.

“I cry for you my people as I see your misery, I lose sleep at nights as I feel your pain, I even go hungry as I devote my time to make your living comfortable. But most importantly, I ask God to make a way for all of us as we seek to regain our way of life,” Hon Fraser stated in his 2017 holiday message.

But according to the senior legislator, persons must be grateful for life and have hope to continue.

“My people, on that unforgettable day in September as you were made to watch helplessly as Hurricane Irma destroyed in 2 hours, what you had taken a lifetime to build, develop, or accumulate, you must still be thankful to God for sparing your life.”

Hon Fraser added that the Virgin Islands (VI) has to rebuild, both economically, physically, and emotionally but it is this latter which is personal, “we must be most concerned about.”

“The Government will raise capital to rebuild the infrastructure and its other facilities, the private sector will rebuild their homes and offices, and from this the economy will benefit, but how do we deal with your emotions?”

People still dying

According to Hon Fraser Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria have been credited with 5 lives on record, but people are still dying.

“Does anyone wish to say why? I venture to bet that there is a connection, and it’s all about emotions.”

It was during the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly, on Wednesday December 13, 2017 that Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W Skelton (AL) said “Since September 5, just under 70 persons have died and there are quite a number of others who are challenged.”

The long serving legislator and former Minister for Communications and Works Hon Fraser said his advice to the people is that despite the temptations to bury their sorrows in spirits, “or even to slip into depression as others around you may seem to be carefree, please seek help with whatever you are going through.”

“I have seen people resort to living in Public Toilets; people living on wood covered with a tarp so low they have to crawl under; others living in abandoned vehicles; and countless others living with friends, neighbors and even complete strangers. And yes, many have left the territory either to live with relatives or reestablish themselves.”

Hon Fraser said Government has a responsibility to see to this being fixed, for at the end of the day, it is their obligation to protect their citizens by ensuring their wellbeing.

10 Responses to “‘I cry for you my people as I see your misery’- Hon Fraser RA”

  • Eagle Eye (02/01/2018, 13:15) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why would you praise god for this distruction? Yall better open up your eyes,nonsense.
    • Wendel (02/01/2018, 19:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      When did he not eat! Must be dieting and want the people to see the weight lose and think he is Really sympathetic for them.....Really? This is nonsensical nonsense. You can fool some of the people etc etc etc.
    • Liat 521 (02/01/2018, 21:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Promises . If wishes were horses . ...ride
  • cry for Yvonne (02/01/2018, 14:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yvonne, who is mentally ill lives by the Sunday Morning Well. She does not own the house but she lives there. Can any of the relief agencies or a compassionate citizen at least put a tarp over the roof of the house she living in. Think the owner of the house passed away. She is not responsible for her actions as she is not mentally fit so we cannot blame her nor dictate her refusal not to stay there. Not sure if anyone ever checked to see her living condition with mold infested and other unsanitary conditions. doubt there is water up there. Mark, Myron, RedCross, anybody who can help. I cannot help because I am also in need.
  • wize up (02/01/2018, 15:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    this have been a political announcement
  • """""" (02/01/2018, 15:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    All we can do is do the best we can and move on. 2017 was a rough year for everyone.
  • unity (02/01/2018, 15:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Fraser it is not gov't responsibility to house homeless people who are healthy. This is a task for family, friends and the wider community as well as non profit service organizations.

    I don't support Andrew or the VIP but look at what he has done. He galvanized the community in the 1st district to help themselves and he was there alongside them. You, Mr Fraser, can do the same by maybe getting your 3rd district constituents to clean up the community center and use it as a base from which you can rally them to work as one for the betterment of all. Call on the gov't for support if necessary, but only for things your people do not have or for tasks they cannot do themselves.

    You want to be the big leader but you don't seem to understand what true leadership is.
  • hog city (02/01/2018, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser means well but he too is part of the old generation of politicians. We need new blood and new thinking
    • wize up (04/01/2018, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ hog city: what about the cow runners because hog city might might wish new blood but hog city might love the old blood!!!! Fraser means well; at least for his district
  • Edmund (06/01/2018, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You cry? You LIE!


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