Members of the Caribbean and Latin American Diaspora in the Washington metropolitan area packed the Hall of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Sunday (March 21) for a service in memory of the victims of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
In the moving two-hour inter-faith memorial, members of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, the United States (US) Congress as well as representatives of the governments of Haiti and Chile, joined in prayer and song, as they remembered the survivors and those who died in the two earthquakes.
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), His Excellency Anthony Johnson, reads the second lesson at the memorial service in honor of victims of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, held on March 21 at the OAS’ Hall of the Americas.
In his welcome remarks, the chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, His Excellency Izben Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that the service “demonstrates our solidarity with the bereaved people of our two sister nations as well as our commitment to do whatever we can to bring relief to the suffering of our brethren, as this is our obligation to our fellowmen.”
Noting the appropriateness of the venue for the inter-denominational service, he stated that the “OAS as a hemispheric institution, symbolises among other things, our resolve to foster a spirit of cooperation and unwavering support for one another.”
In his remarks, Secretary General of the OAS, Jos