JAMAICA JOINS HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS

Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding

Via The Jamaica Gleaner

The Jamaican Government is helping it’s Caribbean neighbour, by freeing up its ports and shores to humanitarian assistance heading to Haiti and fleeing Haitians.

Daryl Vaz, minister with responsibility for information, said on Saturday that Prime Minister Bruce Golding had made it clear that no Haitians found in Jamaican waters should be turned away.

The Government, on Friday, announced that Jamaica would waive all landing fees and invite aircraft parked in Haiti to come to Jamaica in a bid to free up space on the tarmac in Port-au-Prince so that more aid could get into that country.

Despite the health fears being raised, Vaz was unequivocal in relating the prime ministerial edict given to him and Major General Stewart Saunders, chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force.

“The directives by the prime minister is that we are not to turn back anybody based on the situation and, therefore, we making all the arrangements, especially in the areas of Portland and St Thomas, in terms of immigration, in terms of health, in terms of accommodations,” said Vaz. Continue Reading…

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