Portraits of Resilience

A piece of Barbuda’s land, in the water

Hi, my name is Jaqua’sha Teague. I am a teen living in Barbuda. Over the past few years erosion has played a very important and harmful role in Barbuda. Some of my schoolmates and I took a trip with Ms. Christine Germano to one end of the island to learn more. (Ms Germano was our photography teacher for this project.)

Hi, my name is Jaqua’sha Teague. I am a teen living in Barbuda. Over the past few years erosion has played a very important and harmful role in Barbuda. Some of my schoolmates and I took a trip with Ms. Christine Germano to one end of the island to learn more. (Ms Germano was our photography teacher for this project.)

We were shocked to see the shore looking broken off. What really caught our eyes was a big rusted container lying on its side. A reliable source told us that ten years ago, it was a few yards from the edge but because erosion broke up the ground it fell over. While taking photographs we were told to watch our steps because after ten years the ground had long cracks and at any given time could just break off.

The water at that  area of Barbuda is part of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a very unique but at the same time fearful sight to see the ocean throw itself on a piece of Barbuda. It made us think long and hard on what effect erosion has caused. If we continue not doing anything, what kind of an effect will this have on us? So I’d like to thank Ms. Germano and Many Strong Voices for coming to our little island and opening our eyes to see what really matters.

— Jaqua’sha Teague

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