Reconstruction Sint Maarten is a social crisis

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Photo of Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma

In July 2018, the former Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Dr. Nilda Arduin and the National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen, called on their governments to hurry to rebuild Sint Maarten in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

In the report ‘Home Repair. A revelation of a social crisis’ of October 2019, the current ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Gwendolien Mossel, describes how residents - and in particular the most vulnerable - experience the delayed reconstruction.

The conclusion is that reconstruction is now a social crisis. That is why she presents a number of recommendations and has made a film that shows the harrowing stories of the affected residents.