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Jamaica’s other islands cry for cash
Four tiny islands dot the clear blue waters sixty miles south of Jamaica—the Pedro Cays. Thousands of seabirds nest. Turtles lay eggs on white sand beaches. Beyond, coral reefs stretch through shallow seas. The largest island, Bird Cay, is a wildlife sanctuary. A few thousand years ago, when sea levels were lower, the surrounding Pedro Banks formed an island larger than Trinidad.
A Caribbean idyll? Perhaps not. Around 500 Jamaicans live on Middle Cay and Top Cay, six hours or more by boat from Kingston’s decision-makers, and until very recently well out of mind. Piles of garbage glisten in the sun—plastic water bottles, cans, styrofoam cups, old batteries. When it has the cash, the Solid Waste authority sends a barge. None has visited since June.
Middle Cay has just four makeshift toilets; most people just go on the beach, or use the “wrap and throw” method—a bulging plastic bag tossed into the waves. Bottled water is expensively imported. Valuable rainfall is channelled from roofs into barrels, which are lodged carefully inside the small houses to deter theft. A small desalination plant would work wonders.
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