The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian – An Unfiltered Look Through the Lens of Instagram

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It’s been about a week since Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas. Most of the information I’ve been able to gather has been via social media, namely Facebook. YouTube has been an effective resource as well but when it comes to the most up to date posts, it’s hard to beat the immediacy of Instagram.

Since Hurricane Dorian, we haven’t been able to share many Instagram posts – that’s going to change. For the next few weeks, we’ll be posting articles that will feature Instagram posts from specific areas/businesses of the Bahamas affected by the storm. From the Abacos to Grand Bahama, our intent will be to provide people with the most up to date information straight from the ground so to speak. While news reports are helpful, seeing posts unfiltered by the views of a reporter has its benefits.

We’ll kick off the articles with an overall look at the current state of the area of the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. This is meant to serve as a reminder that an area of this country suffered a devastating blow from a historic storm. As we all move on with our daily lives, let’s take time to pause and remember some peoples’ lives have been permanently altered, a fact they wake up to every day.

Find more Hurricane Dorian updates on specific tourism/hospitality-related businesses and fundraising efforts. This article will be updated as often as possible.

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A rigid-hulled inflatable boat was deployed from RFA Mounts Bay with a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team. They are joining up with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and unloading vital aid to some of those who have been worst hit by Hurricane Dorian. The team were put ashore to start two different route clearances after the storm hit the Bahamas. They also handed out aid on route and will meet some of the community on the journey. We are also currently in the Bahamas, click the link in bio to watch our report ☝️ . . . . . . #humanitarian #royalnavy #royalfleetauxillary #RFA #RFAMountsBay #HADR #HumanutanrianandDisasterRelief #Bahamas #GreatAbaco #internationaldevelopment #HurricaneDorian #royalmarines

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We’ve branched out and have been able make it through to McLean’s Town and Sweetings Cay to offer help. Both towns have been destroyed but people are refusing to leave. This is home for them and they’re doing what they can to start rebuilding. In some cases, only half a house is left. After we dropped supplies at McLeans town we waited about 2 hours for a second boat to take us to Sweetings Cay where we found about 25 residents. They’ve received a couple of helicopter drops and were in good spirits. In both towns, they’ve lost several family members and still have some missing. Neighbors are coming together to help one another and we’re glad we made it through to their remote towns. Please visit the link in our bio to find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. #reachoutworldwide #roww #hurricanedorian #bahamasstrong #sweetingsclay #mcleanstowm #bahamas #hurricanerelief #disasterrelief #rotaryinternational

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Talked to Charlie a few minutes ago. They are leaving Marsh Harbour this morning and heading home. He said he hasn’t slept in days, he’s tired, sad and wishes he had the means to do more. For those of you that know him, you know that Charlie’s been going to these island since a child and knows their locations like the back of his hand but this week he had trouble figuring out which island was which. He says that the devastation is beyond what he can put into words. Yesterday Charlie, Chris and dad finally gathered themselves together enough to go back to what was once the most beautiful home on Eastern Shore. They went back to see it in person, say goodbye and maybe take something back with them. They broke down and cried together when they found the house covered in feces and deliberately destroyed even more. Yes, the remaining looters that are refusing to get off the island destroyed and stole anything that was salvageable, they broke all the remaining windows, picture frames, TVs etc. Today we are not sad about the material things, today we mourn the loss of this beautiful island and the people Dorian took from her. Today all we have left are the memories no one can steal or alter. Today we have hope that in time this place will rise again to the beautiful paradise it once was. This place needs more help than a few man on boats can do. It is no longer safe. If you wish to donate please do so link in bio. #marshharbor #hurricanedorian #bahamas #itsbetterinthebahamas #hopetownbahamas #abaco

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Author: Tom W.

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