It has been a full work week since the passing of Tropical Storm Bret.
And unfortunately for some, relief is not a word they will hear soon.
In addition to this, rains scheduled for this weekend will make their lives a little harder.
We at TAJ would like to send our best wishes to those families displaced and in need of assistance.
We promote all volunteerism, so please go out and help your neighbours.
On the other side of the coin, how much of this was caused by our actions?
Littering. Pictures have emerged on social media of refuse piles backing up the Caroni River.
Poor planning. Housing approvals granted on land that should be used for agriculture only.
Gimme gimme attitude. There was one story of a person complaining the Government did not give them sand bags.
To protect your own house, which is probably a squatter’s residence?
We have seen the stories of hardships, friendships and struggles emerge.
But this is not hardship. War and famine are hardships.
Genocide and apartheid are hardships.
What we are facing now is a little stress.
And it’s a testament to who we are as a people: we either rise above or we fall, drowning in our own problems.
It’s time to make a choice.
It’s time to think about the bigger picture.