Lord Ahmad

The Foreign Office minister on internet terrorism and hurricanes

The World Today Published 29 September 2017 Updated 23 November 2020 2 minute READ

This week began in the Caribbean. Normally that fills the mind with images of sun, sea and relaxation. But in this case my week started in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, where I saw the devastation wreaked upon islands spanning well over a thousand miles.

I was there to speak to people on the ground, meet government officials and see the humanitarian efforts from the near 1,500 British service personnel who are delivering almost £60 million worth of aid, supplies and equipment to those affected. They were working flat out to bring in supplies, clear debris, find suitable shelters and reinforce and weather-proof buildings.

I was struck by the stoicism of ordinary people trying to get on with their lives despite losing everything.

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