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  • Devon Warner and his daughter Che Niesha work on the roof in Barbuda.

    Devon Warner and his daughter Che Niesha work on the roof in Barbuda. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 July 2018

“It is wonderful that Barbudans the world over, are coming home to assist in charting the way forward for our beloved island,” said Wayde Burton.

People from Barbuda around the world, as well as their supporters, are descending on the Caribbean island to re-establish bonds with their heritage and homeland as part of the very first Barbuda Rising Homecoming, or BRH, festivities.

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The event, which is taking place from July 21-27, aims to encourage Barbudans from throughout the diaspora to restore and reaffirm their identity, purpose, vision, values, and hope, linking hands with residents as they rebuild after the island was ravished by category five hurricane Irma in September 2017.

“Out of tragic events, you often see communities come together, working hand and hand to restore their dignity and lives. Barbuda Rising Homecoming will show the world that a global community is behind the people of Barbuda as this island rises again from Hurricane Irma, and rebuilds stronger than ever, at the will of the people,” said BRH organizer Tamara Huggins.

Attendees will be treated to indigenous Barbudan delicacies, a Barbuda Then exhibits, screening of a local documentary followed by a discussion on the history of Barbuda and Know Your Heritage: Family Tree Activity, according to Caribbean News Now.

An exhibition featuring the work of professional photographers who have played a vital role in covering the narrative of Barbudans since the passage of hurricane Irma.

“It is wonderful that Barbudans the world over, are coming home to assist in charting the way forward for our beloved island. The Council is looking forward to welcoming everybody and engaging in this celebration of everything Barbudan,” said the chair of the Barbuda Council, Wayde Burton.


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