Thank you for including me in you note regarding the reconnection of electricity to the All Saints Camp, however, I believe that it is the duty of the Bahamas government to correct this matter.
I recall once soliciting a large donation from Mr Craig Flowers for the late Rev. Glenroy Nottage’s payment of the Camp’s light bill, however the then Minister of Works explained that it was not the government’s policy to collect money from the former Leper Colony turned Aids Hospice, although the meters were read monthly..
My present concern for your proposed fund raising approach is this:
Should you raise the $70 thousand plus dollars to reconnect the electricity bill by donations, how will the monthly charges be serviced in future? The residents are dying!
Further, who pays the power bill at the Sandilands Rehabilitation, Princess Margaret Hospital, Her Majesty’s prison, The Simpson Penn School for Boys or any of our public schools?
If you answer that the All Saints Camp is a private institution, then I say that as a Hospice for the dying, it is an essential service which any civilized society must sustain and a pressing issue which the Minister of Social Services must immediately address.
This government’s unprecedented policy of providing free electricity from pole #44 to the illegal Haitian migrant residents in Mackey Yard and their subsequent relocation to the Corner Motel after the fire, must first be justified before Bahamians will easily accept the premise that dying Aids patients are being condemned to darkness, soiled sheets and cold food, hastening their demise and depriving them of their Constitutionally enshrined right to die with dignity.
Again, thank you for including me, but I will not absolve this callous government by ignoring their collective responsibility to redress this matter.
Rather, I intend to alert the international Press to this travesty and expose the world to yet another cruel reality which Bahamians are being made to suffer.
Yes, (letter writer), since many of our people will face early avoidable deaths as a direct result of this government’s inhumane policies, the least I can do is to invite the world to be a witness to the slaughter.
God bless you.
Phillippa Lady Russell