St Vincent and the Grenadines — A Rain Storm that arrived on Christmas Eve in St. Vincent and the Grenadines triggered floods and landslides that has left the island with people missing, dead and the damage of much of it’s infrastructure. The countries of St. Lucia and Dominica were also affected by the heavy rains. Carribean Diaspora Organizations are working to help victims of this natural disaster.
Head of The Garifuna Heritage Foundation, David ‘Darkie’ Williams swabs his cheek for DNA samples, as doctors Gabriel Torres (standing) and Jada Benn-Torress look on. Photo courtesy of Searchlight Newspaper in St. Vincent
Copyright 2012 by Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. “Tio Teo” or “Teofilo Campeon”) All Rights Reserved.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines — St. Vincentians recently took part in an intriguing data gathering project designed to track the migration of the world’s indigenous peoples. St. Vincent is the ancestral land of the Garifuna people and anyone taking part in this unique project may help clear up the picture of the ancestry of blacks (not all of whom were Garifuna) on that island. The following is a reprinting of an article detailing this project from the Searchlight Newspaper on Friday, August 3rd 2012. Normally, I’d simply provide a link, but you must be a member of the Searchlight Newspaper to be able to read it. If anyone from the Searchlight Newspaper objects to my republishing of this article, I encourage them to get in touch with me and I will take it down.