Petition begs Obama for assistance in wake of Erika

A scene at Douglas Charles Airport after Erika
A scene at Douglas Charles Airport after Erika. Photo by GIS

A petition has been launched on the internet asking US President Barack Obama for assistance after Tropical Storm Erika ravaged the island more than a week ago.

The petition appears to be the initiative of a Dominican who has served or is serving in the US military.

“We ask President Obama to please help our island Dominica,” the petition reads. “We Dominicans who served in the US military, with selfless service and meritorious honors call upon you Mr. President to help our families and Dominica in this time of need.”

The petitioner called on all Dominicans who have served or are serving in the US military or those who have family members serving in the military or anyone of Dominica descent to sign the petition.

Some Dominicans have questioned the lack of a visible US presence in Dominica after Erika.

Last week the US Embassy in Barbados said United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was in the process of providing humanitarian assistance totaling USD$50,000 for the immediate supply of storm-related disaster relief supplies. The embassy said USAID will work with the Dominica Red Cross to provide essential relief items to citizens in nine hard-hit areas identified by the government of Dominica.

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said assistance was sought from countries around the world, as far away as Iran, after the passage of Erika.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE PETITION

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101 Comments

  1. Dominican4life
    December 5, 2015

    These people who are commenting have no idea what is going on. Why should America help Dominica? And yes, Dominicans have become so lazy. Yes Erika damaged the island, but what happened to all the assistance other countries have? Hmm. Open you all eyes. There’s more than enough money to rebuild the main structures. Skerrit has a house in New York while every Dominican suffering. His wife making U. S children, while the primary hospital needs a major turnover. GET REAL YOU GUYS!!!! The people of Dominica has placed a sneaky, corrupted individual to govern them. The people of the island is the Only one who can remove him.

  2. Ponk
    September 8, 2015

    Love love the USA. But perhaps we should read about the trade agreements they wanted us to sign. I have educated myself. Then turn away from Cuba. Many of us intrinsically believe the embargo was wrong and do does the US President. Perhaps we have also forgotten their role in our banana industry. Just because I love you does not mean I will stand for your nonsense. Let’s as a nation appreciate the difference. We thank every and all nations for their help and gladly accept $50K from the USA. Now let’s move on.

  3. September 8, 2015

    If the U.S has promised to help through the Dominica Red Cross,then what’s the problem.I see nothing wrong with that, it’s help. You’ll people need be careful.Just complaining, complaining, complaining, about what ! Go home, get down on you’ll knees, raise you’ll both hands up to the Heavens and say thank GOD,(1) to be alive,(2) that you’ll are getting some form of assistance. And stop the complaining. Try that and I promise you’ll will feel a whole lot better.
    Someone mentioned the U.S Republicans in regards to Grenada. Anything to do with war, count on the republicans they will be there, that’s what they do best.Other than that,they could care a less.
    Have you all forgotten Katrina, New Orleans , George.W Bush.

  4. I dare say all the negativity coming from people who are incapable of helping Dominica, so that is their way of feeling important while everyone else is doing something positive.

    The way I see Dominicans all over coming together, warms my heart and Soul and gives me hope, that there are many good Dominicans around who still care. We sit behind a laptop, desktop or whatever device and lash out at those in Dominica working tirelessly and we spill filth from our mouths as if we are helping the situation on the ground in Dominica. News Flash, You are not. How ignorant and pathetic are some of us. Countries upon countries are coming to our aid and instead of saying thank you to them, we are there complaining? News Flash No ONE is compelled to help us, but we certainly appreciate all those who do., because we need them all.

    Luckily they too will ignore some of our ungratefulness because they know there are many more Dominicans who are grateful for there help and support.

    • PONK
      September 9, 2015

      Thanks for your comment. So true. I personally think our God is tired of our complaining too. Consider the Israelites and their complaining. Trust in the Lord with all your hearts and minds Dominica. Put God first and this DNO will never be the same. Thanks to all those who have assisted us. Let’s fill each and every post with thanksgiving. Lives will change. Dominica will change. How much time do we spend praising God vs online looking for the next thing to comment on? We can be greater. The world is watching. Let’s show them true solidarity. Let’s build our country!

  5. Shay
    September 8, 2015

    DNO of all words ya’ll could use, is “beg” ya’ll find is the best to use in the title of the story? REALLY? smh

  6. SILENT OBSERVER
    September 8, 2015

    Lets be real. Preparedness, response, recovery. Most of us were not prepared, we are presently responding to Erika and recovery is to come. If we as dominicans are so uncooperative in response, how will we recover? It is a process. Why bash the US and condemn the government when recovery is still ahead. Countries who provide assistance in responding may or may not give the same in recovery, yet those who did not supply heavily during response may or may not do so during recovery. If these countries and agencies are to forgo procedueres and follow the comment in this medium they may pull back what they gave and do not consider giving more. Relax people.

  7. Flabbergasted!
    September 8, 2015

    Republican presidents in America have always been kinder to the Caribbean than Democratic Presidents. Look how Reagan ran to our rescue during the invasion of Grenada. And look how Bush Sr. provided so much support in our war on drugs! The Democrats on the other hand have shown selfishness. Clinton damaged our Banana industry by imposing globalization! Wake up people, democrats don’t give two hoots about us! Obama should be ashamed of himself. The Caribbean has generally supported him so in a time of crisis the least he could do is lend a hand!

  8. J.John-Charles
    September 8, 2015

    A few days after David on 29 August 1979 a U.S. ship was in port with food and shelter along with several soldiers helping us.Now under a black president we are on our knees begging him 4 help.
    Lest we forget,in 2008 presidential election all the leaders in Dominica was encouraging us who lives in the U.S. to vote for Obama.Mr.P Bellot was on the radio singing the praises of Obama.
    2012 election Mr Thompson Fountain asked us to vote 4 Obama, he said He will be a great help 4 the Caribbean.
    Bill Clinton was vying to be president in 1992,Rosie Douglas was on radio boasting how he is going to help Clinton win the presidency because the democratic party is 4 blacks.Yes he won, but do u know what we received from his victory.? Bill Clinton gave us C.B.I. Which means almost nothing to us,and this so-called first black president joint Chiquita and destroyed our banana industry.Remember we the A.C.P. countries had a little preferential treatment on the E.U market.

    I AM NO DEMOCRAT.

  9. side looker
    September 7, 2015

    There have always been a set or group of people who have been lambessing the PM as a begger, now when the time has come where we should work together and build our nation they are insisted in begging. :lol:

  10. Francisco Telemaque
    September 7, 2015

    “Francisco Telemacque can you read? Where did it say that the government of Dominica is petitioning for help from the US.” (Responder).

    Responder, get this in your head, I may not be able to read; however, I know how to spell my name! My surname is “Telemaque” okay; there is no “c” in the word Telemaque, any Telemaque you find spelling their name and include a c into it might be a lessor educated one. So, be informed that Telemaque is French, the appropriate way it should be written is like this “Te’le’maque,” the “que” is silent, therefore one do not need a c to get the pronunciation. In English the accent over the e/e is left out!

    Now to business, whether Skerrit is involve in the petition or not, no Dominican should be at this time begging the United States for anything, considering the hate Dominicans display towards the United States, including Skerrit. It would even be worst if Skerrit was directely involved.

    And how about this, if “they” whoever…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 7, 2015

      And how about this, if “they” whoever they are get some money, maybe half of it will never get to Dominica oui! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  11. NEW YORKER
    September 7, 2015

    For whatever reason which I don’t know, the world’s greatest idiots must be Dominicans! Fellow Americans, Skerrit don’t like our country. Why should our president give Dominica our tax payers’ money? When he learns to be more shrewd and diplomatic we will respond as Americans ALWAYS do!

    • Thanks
      September 7, 2015

      Oh no. We are not idiots. We are getting by. And that’s for sure. Remember we are not a lazy people depending on others. Its a disaster and we as a people will survive.

      The US has a choice to or not to assist. That’s okay. There’s no reason to force them. We fail to understand that the ultimate power is from above. I do not know why we tend to believe that without the US nothing will work. Please take note; that’s not the case.

      With our limited finances and in crisis such as this, we will continue to be a happy, god-fearing people, living in peace.

      • 4-cars
        September 7, 2015

        :lol: :lol: :lol: “God faraway people”? Geemee a break! Dominica has been sold right under your noses. If Dominicans were “god-fearing” people, skeritt would not have stand a chance in the last election. He was put back to shame and chastise the people. Dominicans need to WAKE UP; AND WAKE UP SOON.

      • NEW YORKER
        September 8, 2015

        Are you for real Mam? I monitor Caribbean news all the time and Dominica is shamelessly being paraded as the region’s prostitute by your government! The people of Dominica need to rise from their sleep! Its catching up with you all now!

    • Domplin
      September 8, 2015

      But i can tell its a down right Dominican who wrote this. Who you pretending to be? Americans don’t write like this. You still hard rough and course.

  12. Roads
    September 7, 2015

    We are witnessing how you guys are sharing the little bag of food. We would like to know when can we ship food and clothes to our families in Dominica. Send money there isn’t anything to buy or access roads to get supplies.

  13. bigger
    September 7, 2015

    It baffles me that no one speaks about the British that is right here with a ship and helicopter with water food medical supplies and over 150 personnel plus ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EC DOLLARS and all one can hear is America to the rescue. We must remember we have no oil so whats in it for them. One must never forget Katrina how people climb up on rooftops looking for help that didn,t come promptly and perish by the raging waters so in time of need you know who are your friends

  14. Me
    September 7, 2015

    I must say i am most impressed by the way Dominicans have been helping with the clean up efforts.

  15. Dominican
    September 7, 2015

    Just found out that the petition was started by people far away who have no idea what is really going on in the county they must have gotten their info from Q95

    • 4-cars
      September 7, 2015

      Don’t fool yourself. :twisted:

  16. bimb
    September 7, 2015

    “Begs” is a pretty strong word. Urks me when the media uses descriptive words to try to evoke an emotional response but yet it gives off the wrong impression and doesn’t coincide with the facts. We as a nation are not begging anyone for anything. We asked for assistance. It is up to other nations to help if they so wish it. If the US soldiers went ahead and did their own petition on behalf of DOminica then just simply say it as it is. We’re not begging for anything and this petition isnt begging either. It is a request for assistance. Just like in the SUN NEWSPAPER the front page was “Evil Erica” while highlighted the storm. YOU IDIOTS! how can a storm be evil? How can acts of nature be evil? Evilness caused the storm? if so prove it while trying not to sound stupid. I mean we should think before we write dumbness.

  17. We Will Survive
    September 7, 2015

    Dutch Marine Corps joins Dominica’s recovery efforts.

  18. "Go to Hell"
    September 7, 2015

    I finish with UWP. With the mess Skerrit has my people under, they (UWP) telling me I should not criticize Skerrit and stay away from politics? Is my people that in trouble man. I know is not the US that don’t want to offer their help but rather is the policies of Skerrit. Did Skerrit sign a document that rejects assistance from America? These nonsense going on while Skerrit and his family safe and can run to the US whenever they want? To hell with workers! Let them continue to play good boys while Skerrit using them. I cannot support the UWP again

    • Brutus
      September 7, 2015

      Shirley and Dodds should be united in matrimony. Meme bette meme pwel.

    • 4-cars
      September 7, 2015

      You are right on the money. We need a new part. Dominica has gone to the dogs.

  19. The Evangelist?
    September 7, 2015

    All I will say is, Skerrit had a choice to give birth to his son in Venezuela, Cuba, China, Iran, Monocco, or any of the countries he has ties with. For some reason he chose the USA, which is less than a 4hr direct flight, which means the future of his son is protected and by means of policy, US will do whatever it takes to protect their citizens. Now I bet if the village of Viellecase was in the place of Pitete Savane ,and one of his family members was missing, his first call would not be to Venezuela, Trinidad but the USA. The non presence of the USA after Erica, should serve as a serious warning to all of us in Dominica that our future with Skerrit is very, very, very dangerous. His family knows where to turn to, that he has secured. Is that the case with you and your family? Keep being fooled

    • Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      He chose? ARe you forgetting Skerrit made his child with a woman who is his wife? Get something else on the man that one lame

      • Me
        September 7, 2015

        You have to ask why , is Dominica not good enough . Why was his son born there and not at PMH . Will he do the same next time .

    • Roads
      September 7, 2015

      U tell them.

  20. Jordan
    September 7, 2015

    15 years skerrit begging china & venezuela no dog bark all of a sudden we in a crisis and really need help we should not beg and stand on our feet, u people too hypocrite, if it was your house and land that was lost in Petite Savanne u all would beg Obama for help.

  21. James A. Evans
    September 7, 2015

    Brutus Why don,t you ask your Prime Minister what has changed between America and Dominica sin ce Hurricane David. I was in The States my mother in D.A. told me that the next day the Americans was in Dominica would you return to a person,s house after you are kicked out? The American Red Cross is the only Agency allowed in D.a. Why don,t you all Ask Your Prime Minister and President the hard question.

  22. ME
    September 7, 2015

    Im still sitting waiting on Dominicans to do something to help themselves….my people are a joke….EVERYTHING we have to beg for…we have to ask for…we can do nothing for ourselves. We are not lacking much to survive. We refuse to use our resources and we make ourselves depend on imported things and wonder why our children dont like fig and dasheen. Seriously, our people are not a prideful people. We steal from each other….even in a time of disaster we steal from each other…hate each other…and always begging….I dont agree with some of the derogatory statements made of our country…but i think it was suited for the people…we think too lowly of ourselves and it shows on the outside. STOP BEGGING START WORKING!!

    • Modara
      September 7, 2015

      That’s the new Dominica my friend. That’s what Skerrit love to see so that he will always have a long line of yard fowls waiting on him to be fed.

  23. Tutankhamen
    September 7, 2015

    Two words: ALBA AGREEMENT.
    The petitioner should look that up before presenting that petition to the Commander in Chief.

  24. forreal
    September 7, 2015

    there should have never been a need to petition the US,the US need our people and man working hours to combat their war on drugs,they supply the arms,the boats,they should be demanded to help the islands in times of need,or no more war on drugs period

  25. Brutus
    September 7, 2015

    10 years after Katrina, New Orleans is still not 100% rebuilt; so those waiting on the US, wait still. While there are many people in the US who are sympathetic towards us, there are many who believe we are aliens living on a different planet. One person said in a blog “God just flushed another toilet.” Our country does not need such verbal abuse. I applaud all of the countries currently assisting us and welcome any others that might come forward but we also need to pull ourselves up by our own bootstrap.

    • Ajid Bat
      September 7, 2015

      Very well said, my friend!

    • Henderson
      September 7, 2015

      well said OMG so well said

    • brois
      September 7, 2015

      really brutus???/

      when are you going to stop feed Dominicans your rubbish?
      with what bootstrap we, Dominicans going to pull ourselves?
      water and barrels do not build infrastructure, pay people salaries to rebuild, and bring persons out of this hardship . .
      you bash America with your nonsense, and the sad thing is you get likes for your garbage, the fact is we need money ,lots of it . . .and you are not helping . . why don’t you call your boy skerrit and offer him some advice to the alternative to America and other very rich countries . . .margee

  26. Memorial
    September 7, 2015

    Why do we always want to depend on others for everything? Its that mentality that someone owes us help that is killing us. Sure we can appreciate the help of anyone who wants to give it willingly, but we ourselves, must learn to depend on ourselves and build what is ours. No one owes us anything. If they choose to help say thank you and if they don’t that’s ok to. Its time we believe in ourselves and work hard to make this country what we want it to be. Nothing is going to be fixed over night, its going to take time regardless of who help or who doesn’t. Quit bashing each other and throwing shade. Count your blessings still, if u can type up a comment on here that means you’re alive. Be thankful.

    • Ajid Bat
      September 7, 2015

      Beautiful thought, my friend. I wish I was allowed to give you 50 thumbs-ups for that!

      • September 8, 2015

        You could, you know.Put two(2)tumbs up twentyfive times. :lol: :lol:

    • Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      And from the same ones who say skerrit should not beg. these people don’t know what they want. no, they know what they want…..power at all costs. Are you all telling me that without USA we cannot rebuild?

  27. Francisco Telemaque
    September 7, 2015

    Very Strange you all have decided to appeal to Obama for help, when Skerrit has already told the world that there is no need for a State of Emergency in the country. Besides, why not appeal to China, Venezuela, and the dirt farmer dictators of ALBA nations of South America?

    Obama, is not going to give Skerrit one penny more than the fifty ($50,000.00) thousand dollars they made available to Dominica via there Embassy in Barbados; take it or leave it! Skerrit, our nation leader has continuously attack the United States, even the former Mayer, the one he installed at DBS Radio, prior to the election lasts year, had a lot of nasty things to say about America, and Americans.

    The Skerrit Administration blames America for all the worlds evils, and now hypocritically want help from Obama? I am glad that no life’s were lost at the Airport, but I wish the storm had buried all of Melville Airport under a few billions pounds of dirt! Your government does not like the government of the…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 7, 2015

      I wish the storm had buried all of Melville Airport under a few billions pounds of dirt! Your government does not like the government of the United States, and it people, yet you are begging for the taxpayers money: you all should be ashamed to beg for anything from America.

      Remember Skerrit was in Cuba not too long ago playing big man taking sides with the communist nations who wish to see the demised of the United States. We remember his voice, and words “the United must lift embargo on Cuba.” Well Cuba sent manpower to help move dirt, and rock stones from the streets, how many millions have they brought along with them? I think zero dollars!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahah!

      You fighting America for Cuba, while Cuba is benefiting from the U.S. right now without begging, you are crawling on your belly begging for help.

      • Kid On The Block
        September 7, 2015

        F T, You are just a pathetic ignorant fool. It’s people like you who have brought all your cures to the Island of Dominica that are being answered now.

      • the fly
        September 7, 2015

        FRANCISCO, you hate PM Skerrit that much and the place you were born , don’t forget who laugh last laugh best :twisted: :twisted:

      • Dominican
        September 7, 2015

        Note, Francisco its your UWP people begging Obama ok.

      • Responder
        September 7, 2015

        Francisco Telemacque can you read? Where did it say that the government of Dominica is petitioning for help from the US. This is something being done by a Dominican living in the US.On that note, that is just greediness. Look at the television and see all the help that is coming in from countries from all over the globe. America is buried under its own economic woes and is fighting in battlefields all over the globe. Do you think they have time for a little dot in the Caribbean Sea? I love my county, but we have to learn to rise up and do things for ourselves. We are getting help, we are NOT alone and destitute. We now have to act like an independent nation and do what we have to for ourselves.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 7, 2015

        Facts, or kid on block whoever you are you see I stopped calling fool and stupid as from last week, now you are doing to me what I refused to do to you, I am not a sorrowful fool as you thing, you know I am a smart boy; you simply refuse to give me that credit.

        Mr./Miss Fly, it is a serious mistake for you to believe I hate Skerrit or anybody! I do not have a single bone of hate in my body, I donot know how to hate, and even if you try to teach me, I doubt I have the capacity to learn. My where it pertains to Skerrit perhaps you have heard me refer to the man as “Me Almost Nearly Cousin.” There is a reason for that, hence I cannot even dislike the man. However he lied to me, personally, and so I withdraw my support from him secondly he squandered more than a half billion dollars on that airport rather than building one, that is why I want destroyed!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahah! Hate has nothing to do with that!

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 7, 2015

        Filling the missing words, and omit those that should be there!

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 7, 2015

        “Note, Francisco its your UWP people begging Obama ok.”

        What about if I say you lie?

        True or false you lie like Skerrit oui!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        In any event some UWP supporters may hate America too, but Skerrit’s puppets, clones, and clowns are the ones who hate America more; and since they are the ones who are accustom to get all the free food, and free blood from Skerrit to keep them alive; I believe they are the ones on a campaign to beg Obama for help. If the get a dime one cent will go to Dominica, all the rest will end up in somebody pocket, and I doh saying is in a labor man pocket.

      • SILENT OBSERVER
        September 8, 2015

        I was about to say this comment is justified but realized i would be one of the idiot dominicans. Because interestinly my thoughts are either this person is not dominica or does not use the airport facility or maybe does not even know the area the airport is located. Praying for such an act from the Almighty on mellville hall is asking for the death of at least 15 persons who on a daily basis provide care for persons within the north east. “FIRE FIGHTERS.” They continue to come in our darkest coeners at any time of the night, lose sleep while we harmonize in our comfortable beds. And yes even when we het clubbered by the storm, they are there to help us pull out of the gutter. Yet Mr. Telemaque wants them to perish at the airport. HATS OFF TO THE FIREFIGHTERS, you have been workin even if no one has been taking note or recognizing you all. MY HEROES.

    • GTFOH
      September 7, 2015

      So because of one’s opinion and their political affiliation, you hate an entire country that much? To wish more harm on that country? Aren’t you too bless to be wishing distress upon someone else? How pitiful . Get off your high horse, the same way a storm can destroy Dominica it can damage any other country. We all need help sometime. Be thankful that you’re still here stop being so petty. America was slow to help their very own,New Orleans when Katrina ravaged it. I wonder why??? Wait, does New Orleans have links with ALBA to? We are all people regardless of our opinions. Get out of here with your curses. We ain’t got time for that.

      • Elaine
        September 7, 2015

        Come on
        Are we suffering from selective amnesia? Have we forgotten how our P M has been bashing the United States? Come on.

        Why should the U S help Dominica, when our P M has been so very hostile towards them?

        The United States does not owe Dominica anything. If they provide assistance it is only because they are more forgiving and less hostile than we are.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 7, 2015

        “So because of one’s opinion and their political affiliation, you hate an entire country that much? To wish more harm on that country?”

        Don’t you see that comment above makes absolutely no sense? Explain to me whose political opinion, and political affiliation I hate so much, that it cause me to hate everybody in Dominica! Where did I wish that more harm to Dominica?

        I said I wish Melville Hall “Douglas Charles Airport” was buried under billions of tones of dirt! I have a reason for wishing that, and that reason is perhaps only then Skerrit and his circus clowns would build an International Airport. Here is Skerrit’s blonder, he spent more than half of a billion dollars (five hundred million) dollars digging up the river bank, build a parking lot, and install landing light on the airport, which has served no useful purpose thus far. That money should have been spent in the construction of a new International Airport. You are contented with Skerrit’s status quo, I am not!

    • forreal
      September 7, 2015

      yea but the US luv to give the eastern Caribbean arms to help engage their war on drugs,oh I see that is alright with you

      • We Will Survive
        September 7, 2015

        So Elaine, are you saying the US should not be criticized? I guess they can do no wrong in your eyes. The US has been promoting democracy throughout the world. The embargo on Cuba did not work. So even though our PM asked them to ease up on Cuba and is against an embargo on Venezuela what’s wrong with that? Had it been up to Obama alone, he would have already lifted the embargo. What hostility are you talking about?

      • Henderson
        September 7, 2015

        ESTERN CARIBBEAN THINK SMALL THEY NEED TO DECLINE THEIR ARMS

    • Brutus
      September 7, 2015

      The DEVIL is alive and well.

  28. September 7, 2015

    Really people? You all behave like some one owe the island something. You people do not learn, I don’t know what else must happen to bring in your senses. Really!really.

    • September 8, 2015

      We DOMINICANS refuse to read and learn so I’m suggesting if you don’t know what is going on read ,the USA just cannot come out and help Dominica like they want too because the ALBA AGREEMENT the our PM signed us into so get off the backs of America and it’s people, wake up and get information and read if you still don’t understand Angelo will broke it down for you just tune into Politic on Sunday/Tuesday evenings on Q95 they don’t hold back or water down information they say it out right with documents and facts to support, We Dominican down want to face up to the facts regardless.. READING is all it takes.
      Dominica is part of ALBA so see who the other countries are and you will read for yourself Dominica is the only Island from the OECS that join, Dominica is been run by a group and we are in trouble, so you will know where to point too.

  29. kisses
    September 7, 2015

    Im embarrassed :( is this really necessary?

  30. Zbigniew Brzezinski
    September 7, 2015

    Skerrit son is not born in Venezuela, Martnique, Cuba or St.Lucia, his son is born in America, so why not ask the same country your son born in for help?

    • Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      You making sense? Try something else or go back to school

  31. Thorbjørn Jagland
    September 7, 2015

    Times like this we miss Eugenia Charles, she could just call the state department and within days help on our shores. We have too much devastation & too much suffering, so many people without food, lights and water we need Obama help and we need it now, skerrit should call Obama before coming back too Dominica, America is our close ally, we were with them during Grenada crisis, what is the problem now?

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 7, 2015

      “Times like this we miss Eugenia Charles, she could just call the state department and within days help on our shores.”

      In any event you are a liar, no such thing, that is not how the United States operate, any thing an island in the East Caribbean gets from the United States of America relating to free gifts or anything of the sort, must come via the United States Embassy in Barbados!

      You people just lie for the hell of it simply to be heard. If you lie is true, print you real name over or under your comment proving that you know that you know what you are talking about. Even in Eugenia day we needed an International Airport, Eugenia had the opportunity to ask the late President Regan to help us in that regards when she met him at the White House, all she accomplished then was get Regan to send the Marines to Grenada to kill crazy in an asylum.

      • We Will Survive
        September 7, 2015

        Francisco, you are soooo confused! early signs of dementia? I hope not. Although you are evil minded, I would not wish that on you.

      • John J
        September 7, 2015

        It is amazing that the remnants of the Freedom Party support the UWP, while the spokesmen of the UWP seek to attack and vilify Eugenia Charles at every opportunity. Francisco Telemaque knows very well that Eugenia Charles DID get President Reagan to agree to build an InternationalAirport at Crompton Point. It was Edison James who as leader of the UWP wrote to the American Embassy in Barbados, warning the Americans not to come to Dominica as their presence would interfere with Dominica’s democracy, in advance of the1990 General Election. The newspapers of 1989 published Edison James letter and perhaps should publish it AGAIN! Some of us still demonstrate the truth of LeBlanc’s statement that “domnichen ni memoir poule.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 7, 2015

        “Francisco, you are soooo confused! early signs of dementia? I hope not. Although you are evil minded, I would not wish that on you.”(We Will Survive).

        Oh, dear, I feel sorry for you, no point of beating a drowning dog!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Look at your intelligence you who are not senile “Dutch marine corps joins Dominica’s recovery efforts!

        I thought that was a topic submitted by DNO you are running with it, as if you are the one who introduce that, we are hearing it from you first; how confused are you?

        Now as for the one who said, Shirley and I should be united married, or get together or whatsoever they mean. You need to know that Shirley has a brilliant mind, she is well informed educationally, I would much prefer to join forces with in a revolution, than involve myself in a conversation with some of you idiots!

      • dgeorge
        September 8, 2015

        Mr Telemaque
        have you ever heard the parable ” empty buckets make the most noise ”
        Peace Brother Peace

  32. ParoInRoseau
    September 7, 2015

    Dominicans just need to keep the faith…and stay together…if Dominicans maintain this unity we can turn the country back into the right direction by December… We may not have proper roads, bridges, air access and so forth but hard work and determination will get the country back to what it was and even better. This is a challenge from God for us to be better and do better.

  33. ParoInRoseau
    September 7, 2015

    The individual that made the petition should point out that he isn’t speaking for all Dominicans. Who said we need the U.S help… There are hundreds of countries and islands all over the world who are willing to help and who are even helping us here on island. Yet people are pressed about the U.S… Every country the U.S has entered and left is still the same as how they met it…in some cases even worst. Just look at the Middle East countries. Dominica is doing okay without the help of the America… It’s unfortunate that several persons lost their houses, vehicles among others but we will rebuild. Dominica was never poor and is not now we’ll get poor. We just have to build better roads and bridges keeping in mind our primary hindrances which are our mountains and our many rivers… Other than that Dominica is okay! Big up Barbados, Trinidad, Venezuela, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, St.Lucia and the others… The help that we’re getting is unbelievable…thank you guys!!!

    • Dorival John
      September 7, 2015

      “Dominica is doing okay without the help of the US.” LOL

      And the long lines at Western Union after Erika, where was the money coming from? There are probably more Dominicans living in the US than those living in Dominica, yet Dominica is doing okay without the help of the US? I would be happy if the US government stop all money leaving from the US via wire services and we would see if we are doing okay without the help of the US.

      While Barbados, Trinidad, Venezuela, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, St. Lucia are helpful in providing immediate relief supplies, can they assist Dominica with the almost $1-billion needed to repair the island’s infrastructure? There is no toilet paper in Venezuela and there are long lines for basic food items, so we can’t accept much after initial relief. The economy of the other islands cannot assist us in the slightest way.

      • dgeorge
        September 8, 2015

        Dorival
        I’m surprised at you, wishing measures be implemented, to restrict the help being channeled to your fellow countrymen in distress.
        the saying ” ce par toute sarvan ki sarvan” has some merit .

    • truth
      September 7, 2015

      you really sound like a paro in roseau , and one dressed in red too, WICKED,
      I hope some day your concience will trouble you and you will start speaking for the poor people to,
      your bed is well make ,and dry too, so you cannot think of others whose beds are crumbled and wet ,But some day ,remember , every dog has its day

    • Red
      September 7, 2015

      Are you for real?

      Did you say that Dominica was never poor? So why is it that pre-Erika we were up to our necks in debt. I think that when you say that Dominica is not poor, you are referring to the minority who have amassed great wealth at the expense of the majority.

      Dominica is only great at begging, so begging for support post-Erika is not an alien concept for our administration. it is just business as usual, as the chosen few will benefit at the expense of the rest of the country.
      I suspect you are sufferings from the aftermath of Erika.

      • Henderson
        September 7, 2015

        you all were up to you all neck because all Dominicans live above your means i lead a medical team but i will not beg for Dominica as a dominica you all are just to ignorant selfish and love people just for what you all can get from them most of you all are parasite Leave America alone DOMINICANS HERE A HAPPY FOR AMERICA/
        YOUR PRIME MINISTER THINK SMALL SO HE BEG SMALL WE IN THE USA THINK BIG AND DONATE BIG CHINA AND VENEZUELA THEY ARE HIS ALIES DUMB ASS I’M GONE AND GRANNY WOULD SAY ,,,,,BOODOOOW,,,, AH GONE
        PS NOW YOU ALL NEED ALL THE GAY MEN MONEY NOW ,,,,…… SILLY PEOPLE U ALL JUST START TO SUFFER STOP DISCRIMINATE,,,,,,,

  34. GMVL
    September 7, 2015

    Attempts to bash anyone, any one country or organization in this time of crisis really do look poor. Go to CDEMA’s website and you will find there a list of regional and international partners who have pledged assistance. I will address Canada and the United States of America specifically: the Government of Canada is willing to assist on the basis of an OFFICIAL REQUEST from Dominica that outlines needs identified. The Government of the United States of America has also pledged support on the basis of needs identified by the Government of Dominica. In addition to this pledge of assistance, USAID is already on the ground working on assessments. Patience, gratitude and goodwill will set the right tone and go a long way; the various assessments being conducted will go even further in helping Dominica rebuild following this disaster.

    • Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      Don’t bother yourself these are people bent on creating a bad image, the very ones who said Skerrit begs too much.

  35. memoi
    September 7, 2015

    I believe the US should have helped since they have been helping counties all over the world. I also believe there is a reason why they are slow to do so or is giving minimal. I think now the PM should pump out his chest and show his muscles in Venezuela, China, Morocco and all those he says loves Dominica and Dominica love back. Yes the Chinese gave 300,000.00 and in know the Venezuelan sent a ship or something. Those things are like a drop of blood in the ocean, you can’t even see it. I am not going to nail the American Government on this one, I believe there is something stopping or slowing them down. Do I think they will help? Yes I do but I think it will come with conditions.
    Sad Times in Dominica, Sad times.

  36. Me Myself
    September 7, 2015

    The Brits are here – Motherland sent help. Why do some people insist that the US must be there? They are fully aware that we were battered by TS Erika; if they want to help they will. I don’t see why we should be asking them. There are injustices being done by some friends of the US; yet, they continue to support them. Just as we cannot tell them who they can have as their friends, I don’t see why we should shun our friends in anticipation of their help. We are one world and we should try to unite regardless of ideologies.

  37. Ptoud
    September 7, 2015

    Where is ur pride Dominica…… no need to beg

    • September 7, 2015

      In times like this ae need to beg, not ahen skerrit going all oved the MIddle East begging for money for his own political gains, what pride are you talking about, skerrit been begging for years and is the known to the the world number one begging Prime Minister, you talking about pride, begging for assistance from Venezuela government when he is staving his own citizens, when they are in dire need of help, also helping the Venezuela leader to bring suffering to the people of Venezuela this is where pride comes in, later will be greater and time will tell with your foolish pride talk

      • the fly
        September 7, 2015

        EVETTE the begging as you call it help put food on your plate,ungrateful so and so.

    • THAT IS Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      Tell our Prime Minister that.

  38. brois
    September 7, 2015

    history will judge this Dominican government and their loyal supporters . . .and it will not be pretty. A million barrels and tons of water cannot bring Dominica back. We need money , and lots of it.we need the right persons and the experience to build our beautiful island’s infrastructure so we will not suffer the same fate.
    the distain that is perpetuated against the US from Dominicans ,whose bread is well butter is very disappointing. Starting with skerrit!!
    now we are left to suffer . .the fact is we need help . . .real help . .big financial help . . .a few months will pass and if better is not done ,the barrels and water cannot improve our situation but bring more poverty and problems.
    I commend this gentleman for this petition, we will continue to plead our plight to the big money donors!!

    • the fly
      September 7, 2015

      Dam if mr Skerrit do Dam if he don’t what the hell you people want blood :?:

  39. jojo
    September 7, 2015

    The question is why don’t your pm wants the US involved.guess too much corruption.go ahead bash them but come here to have the babies.

  40. Bertyg53
    September 7, 2015

    Shouldn’t we be asking for assistance, instead of “BEGGING” for it? To me, that word doesn’t come across too good at all!

    Thank you…

  41. lisad
    September 7, 2015

    Why do we have to beg the US? Oh please.

  42. Ideal
    September 7, 2015

    As we all know the USA was always the first to land in Dominica after a disaster. Remember David, they we there the next day but because Dominica ditched USAID for Alba we have to suffer blame your Prime minister let him get aid from his croonies, cheap labour and goods that will not last. See how the roads and bridges built by China just give way. My people wake up we are doomed and going down fast.

  43. lalinago Warrior
    September 7, 2015

    After viewing the comments Americans made about my beloved Dominica, we should be begging for anything, if they wanted to help like the others they would. we will rise back to where we was and even more

  44. Look tings
    September 7, 2015

    Obama is not interested. We ditched USAID and State of Emergency was not declared. He will be looking more towards bigger international issues where he is welcomed on a regular basis.

    • the fly
      September 7, 2015

      IF Dominica had million barrels of oil the US would be there to help even before the storm had gone .

  45. THAT IS Dominican
    September 7, 2015

    Ummm… Will Alba allow it? Do Labourites want it?

  46. Opened eyes
    September 7, 2015

    Dominca is one of the few countries that always want to be begging the US for thing. You think their help comes free? Not often. Tired be in the US bottom. They don’t owe you for joining the military you join on ur and u know ur reason. Ca understand why dominicans cannot take shame ancome out in the US bottom.

    • Dominican
      September 7, 2015

      I don’t understand why some Dominicans want US assistance so badly? Don’t you have the confidence that we can build without them? Stop the begging man stupes. You want them to come here with their diseases and kill us after they “help” us? We have nothing to control so they are not interested did nt you say Skerrit did not ask? STupes get off your lazy butts and leave America alone they are quite aware of Erika

      • brois
        September 7, 2015

        really . . .more stupidy!!!!!!!????

        keep holding skerrit toilet paper . . .

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