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Bahamas: “HUMANITARIAN”: Govt will assist displaced shantytown residents, says social services minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Shantytown residents on Abaco who are expected to be displaced following the demolition of their homes can seek assistance from social services, said Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell yesterday.

Campbell was responding to questions regarding the government’s position to assist those residents at risk of becoming homeless.

Many of those residents, some of whom are believed to be undocumented migrants, are still attempting to recover nearly two years after Hurricane Dorian ravaged Abaco and destroyed the two largest of the six shantytowns on the island.

Campbell noted that his ministry is the “humanitarian” arm of the government, and whenever there is a crisis that results in a humanitarian need, the Department of Social Services kicks in to meet those needs based on available resources.

He said there are emergency situations that “set aside the whole question of status”.

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