March 24, 2010

Boatloads Of Haitians Dock In Portland

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Sixty-two Haitians, including six children, who fled their earthquake-ravaged homeland, landed in two groups in Portland yesterday, after battling five days of rugged conditions on the sea.

Describing their homeland as a place of "total devastation, without any real hope for them any time soon", the Haitians left their country last Thursday, leaving behind family members and loved ones.

"The first batch of 35 Haitians landed just in front of the Manchioneal Police Station between 4:30 a.m and 5 a.m yesterday," explained Inspector Steve Brown of the Constabulary Communication Network.

The second group, comprising 27 Haitians, landed just after 8:30 a.m. at the Winnifred Beach in Fairy Hill, Portland.

Brown said the police were mobile within five minutes of hearing of the first group's movements in Jamaican waters, because they had been on high alert since that country was hit by a powerful earthquake on January 12, which claimed the lives of more than 250,000 persons.

Read full article here.

No comments: