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I recently visited your lovely country for the first time and I was amazed by how much Jamaicans love their country. I also appreciate the fact that the first thing I was greeted with at the airport as I arrived was information on how many beautiful beaches and hotels your country possessed. I, however, wanted to get a good feel of the "country behind the country", as I headed to the beautiful parish of St Elizabeth.
Now, there I could feel the love of the people, as they naturally smile when greeting us, offering melons that they reaped from their land with pride and love. I noticed, though, how hot it was and that the land was very dry, "parched" being the right word. As I continued to travel to the famous Alligator Pond, to take a ever-so-deserved dip into the cool water, I stopped and spoke with some of the residents of Downs Emporium and other neighbouring communities.
I was first greeted with fruits and food that were planted on the land of these farmers. Then as conversation went on they related their water woes to us. And, despite this, they did a good job with the fresh fruits they handed us.
I am writing on behalf of these farmers of the Downs Emporium, Downs Manchester, and all the other communities on the south side without water. I wonder deeply if the minister or the councillors ever visit these places to see what people have to put up with in order to achieve greatness. They need assistance. These farmers and other persons who lives in the community of Downs have to purchase water on a daily basis just to get by.
Jamaica is such a beautiful country, no matter where you are on the island, whether it is being promoted or not. I ask the minister, please, these people need your assistance. I will return to your beautiful island in December, and I hope to visit these people again to see if there have been any changes.
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