Résilience à Barbuda

The water color, the softness of the crushed coral as white sand, make Barbuda the diamond of the Caribbean but its highest point does not exceed 30 m and makes it easy prey for tropical cyclones. In the fall of 2017, Irma, a category 5 hurricane monster passes exactly on the island and destroys everything and even change its topography. The entire population has been displaced to Antigua The city of Codrington is a dead city. National and international aid pledges are only very partially honored. The inhabitants decide to return home anyway Admirable resilience taught by nature itself an amazing atmosphere prevails in the city made of mutual support and energy in the face of the scale of reconstruction. I’ve seen other hurricanes, the frigates have also returned, “they are our best example,” says Pat, the fisherman. Indeed, barbuda is one of the few sites where there is a large frigate colony, about twenty thousand animals. A few days before the cyclone hit and before the weather computers even predicted it. they have, also, left their ancient nesting area. These birds knows in advance The birds knew it was coming and fly away from the track After the hurricane passed, they didn’t find the mangrove where they used to live They were forced to choose another spot But since, they flew back The mangrove, badly hit, grows again Amazing birds of more than two meters in size with such small legs that they can’t take off from the ground. The frigate lays a single egg each year brooded by the male. He will remain until the first wing strike four months later and then go to the southern hemisphere for another brood. It is impossible for the frigate to dive to catch its prey, it will have to pick flying fish or, more often, attack another seabird to steal its food. Barbuda needs our tourism to rebuild herself but in front of so much beauty and energy the effort is so compensated.

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