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The Bahamas opens its doors to Dominica

PICTURED:m Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (left) and The Bahamas’ Prime Minister Hubert Minnis (Photo credit: Torrell Glinton/Nassau Guardian)

THE BAHAMAS has opened its doors to Dominica, with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis extended the offer to Dominican PM Roosevelt Skerrit as they held brief talks in New Providence on Sunday, Caribbean360 reports (Sep 24).

Minnis also confirmed that schools in The Bahamas would be accepting Dominican students.

“There would have been a lot of children that would have been displaced, and therefore we are opening our school system to accommodate them,” Dr Minnis told Skerrit.

“Our Immigration Minister would deal with that matter so that they can be placed within our school system.”

Minnis also appealed to Bahamian citizens to open their homes to temporarily house those severely affected by Hurricane Maria.

“I’m sure we have a lot of Bahamians out there who would assist in accommodating these individuals, both financially and otherwise. Then there are a lot of Dominicans here who would also have families there, and therefore we would accommodate those individuals also. They would contact their families to come to The Bahamas, and we would make it happen,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette backed the move, insisting that it was The Bahamas’ Christian duty to assist Dominica in its time of need.

“It could be us one day, too. For us to extend a loving, friendly hand to a Caribbean sister nation, if people have a difficulty with that, we cannot justly call ourselves a Christian nation.”

According to Caribbean360, grateful Skerrit welcomed the offer, saying it would help a lot of Dominican families if children were allowed to return to school in The Bahamas.

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