Barbuda needs help.
The Caribbean island faced the brunt of Hurricane Irma's destructive force and was ill-prepared to handle the humanitarian crisis which was left in its wake.
“For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda...a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.” - Ronald Sanders, Barbuda Ambassador to the U.S.
Needless to say, Barbuda remains in a state of emergency.
Ambassador Sanders has stated that the humanitarian crisis has exploded to unmanageable levels, and that the island itself is now "uninhabitable."
Financially, Barbuda is also unable to cover the costs of rebuilding. Sanders continued:
"We are hopeful that the international community will come to our aid, not because we’re begging for something we want, but because we’re begging for something that is needed.”
Aerial footage does more than enough to verify the claims:
Read more about the current state of Barbuda, including more from Ambassador Sanders at KSDK.