There are many recollections of memorable family vacations and reunions, however there is one vacation that stands out.
During lunch I asked my parents what the reason was for the fence, and why was it necessary especially when people in Jamaica weren’t separated from the visitors to the island. I wasn’t prepared for the answers to my questions. It was not easy to understand that everything we were enjoying, food and fun, seemed so unattainable to the people on the other side.
My mood was changed on Labadee and for the first time I felt guilty about the food and fun we had. I know that situations exist like this in many parts of the world but this was my first time experiencing sadness for a people that struggle each and every day with poverty.
Since then I have researched and read a lot about Haiti and I am now more aware of the suffering of the Haitian people. Now I contribute to fundraisers whenever I can.
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