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CARRIACOU - 'Carinut'

The Rastafarian Community have been significantly affected by Hurricane Ivan's passage over the island, as much damage has been done to the agricultural project, " Carinuts".

(Photographs to be added shortly, wet cloudy weather has hampered out photo documentation)

Touring the 30-plus acre site of an organic enterprise that supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to the wider community, we were struck by the shredded plants and rotting husks of watermelon, laying forlornly among thriving weeds.

Ras Engine, head of the cooperative effort, indicated his disappointment at the sight of such ruin desecrating beautiful arable land. He said this is virgin soil, rich and needs no fertiliser, no manure, yet the storm has decimated the crops and we can not supply the organic food our nation needs now, more than ever.

Pointing to the fruit and the weeds, he spoke of the harvest usually available in September, and how even after their quota to the marketing board was filled there was more than enough for the community. He lamented that "... a man unable to feed himself, cannot be independent..." and spoke of his subsistence efforts to feed his own youth and a few passers-by.

He was concerned that government was going to help him plow the large plot, as their tractor had broken down and the parts, which needed machining, were now in Grenada. Due to the power cuts, this job could not be completed and the fields have subsequently lain fallow, since before the storm. The damage wrought by Hurricane Ivan will delay the plowing even further, he indicated.

Ras Engine spoke at length of the potential for supplementing the Schools Feeding Programme, and indicated that students could come and learn the agro processes as an outreach from his community.

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Poem below by Neeland, thank you for allowing us to share this with the world.

The children of the Caribbean need your help. United Caribbean is trying to help.

Happy faces the children of Carriacou Happy Faces will bring you joy but

Sad faces will stir the sour in our hearts. A child caring for a child in Soubise destroyed in hurricane Ivan

Listen carefully and you’ll hear,
Their little voices saying,
“Must there be a tomorrow,
For all the pain and sorrow why
Must today be the same as yesterday?”
Soubise on the east coast of Grenada
25 living in this shelter If you think we don’t see,
The things of today,
Why don’t you show us the way!
There are things we don’t know,
That can be confusing,
as small as it seems!

If you teach us a few things,
So that we mightn’t stumble on our way,
Then it would be a joy,
Each and every day!

Don’t take away the honey,
That can be given today cause
Tomorrow you’ll have all the sour,
Of yesterday!

Copyright ©  2004 Neeland Rennie

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