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· June, 2021

Stories about Caribbean from June, 2021

Roland Watson-Grant, Caribbean regional winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells a tale of rural Jamaica

"I think the collective Jamaican experience can be summed up in the words of Paulo Coelho: ‘We all have one foot in a fairytale, and the other in the abyss.’"

Trinidad & Tobago marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, even as some seniors struggle at vaccine centres

The country's president advocated for the protection of the elderly, saying that their recent treatment at health centres is a "less than subtle form of elder abuse."

Size matters: US donation to Trinidad & Tobago sparks conversation on vaccine equity

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago's decision to tweet about its donation of 80 vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago has received severe online backlash.

Vaccine hesitancy in smaller Caribbean islands benefits larger neighbours with high COVID-19 rates

Rather than have vaccine doses expire, regional governments have been donating part of their allocations to larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours who need them.

Global Voices’ top stories on environmental destruction, as the planet just observed World Environment Day

Global Voices has covered environmental issues extensively, and one focus of our stories has been the way pollution, massive urbanization, development infrastructures, and human-caused accidents are destroying fragile ecosystems.

World Oceans Day: The Caribbean Sea faces dual threat of climate change and overfishing

It is clear the Caribbean is on the frontline of climate change, and its creeping impact on the marine environment is showing itself in various ways.

Barbados’ prime minister chastises musicians for violent lyrics; artists defend freedom of expression

Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed the “artistic license” defence by noting that some people in Barbadian society lack the maturity required to not interpret the musical message literally.

Jamaica’s ‘Mommy Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is the fastest woman alive

On June 5, Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the second fastest woman in history to win the 100 metres with a blazing 10.63-second run.

Global Voices’ top stories on the climate crisis, as the planet observes World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, a look at the Global Voices stories on climate change that have most captured our attention so far this year.

Diversity is key: Speaking with Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize

"Immediate actions are needed as the numbers of those who are becoming malnourished and do not have access to nourishing foods are growing rapidly."

Sustainable nutrition: Speaking with Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize

"I hope this award will give me a platform to change the way we look at [and] work with food systems — moving the narrative from ‘just feeding’ to ‘nourishing.’"

Global Voices’ top stories on biodiversity, as the planet observes World Environment Day

A selection of our best recent stories highlighting the importance of biodiversity and the achievements and challenges associated with these efforts around the world.

‘We have to find something in ourselves': Vincentian photographer Nadia Huggins on the fallout of La Soufrière

"Food security and architecture; to me, they're the most interesting aspect of this whole eruption."

Transformation through eruption: Vincentian photographer Nadia Huggins captures La Soufrière

Photographer Nadia Huggins has been chronicling the activity of St. Vincent's La Soufrière: "This gradual process of the landscape being transformed through these eruptions is interesting to me."

About our Caribbean coverage

Janine Mendes Franco is the Caribbean editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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