MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas – Children in the Bahamas should be settling into their classes right now, with all the excitement and trepidation that a new school year typically brings. Instead, thousands of families whose worlds were turned upside down by Hurricane Dorian have been left picking up the pieces of their shattered lives.
On 1 September 2019, Category-5 Hurricane Dorian struck Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, leaving behind a path of destruction unprecedented in this Caribbean country. Thousands of children and adolescents have been affected by the storm, which flattened schools, homes and hospitals, and left cars and boats hanging in trees.
UNICEF, the government, and other partners are moving quickly to provide safe water, food, health care, and non-formal education activities and psychosocial support for children and adolescents. But the needs are enormous – many children have lost everything.