Int’l media spotlight ‘land grab’ in Barbuda

(World Fact Book)

The latest in a string of international media coverage, a New York Times Documentary film titled “No Man”s Land” tells an unflattering story of the land ownership dispute in Barbuda.

“The Caribbean island of Barbuda felt the full force of Hurricane Irma. Now, a struggle to control its future is underway. On one side are Barbudans who own the land and want to preserve their unique way of life — on the other, the government and foreign investors who see opportunity in disaster,” the documentary preview reads.

Ever since the September 6th storm ravished the sister island, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has taken every opportunity to ask the International community to provide funding for the rebuilding of the island.

However, the international media has focused on another story. The LA Times, NPR, Channel 4 News and many others have all reported on Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s proposal that the land currently occupied by Barbudans be sold to them for $1. They have painted his plan as a “land grab.”

Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) council members Kendra Beazer and Asha Frank are interviewed in the 12-minute documentary as well as Prime Minister Browne.

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