On September 18th, 2017 the eye of hurricane Maria passed directly over Dominica. Winds hit at speeds of 195 miles per hour; first from the east, then from the west.
The wind brought torrential rains. Rivers and drains overflowed carrying tangled masses of branches, fallen trees and mud into homes and businesses. In a matter of hours entire villages were reduced to piles of debris. This damage was inflicted across the entire nation at the same time. From the outside it looked to many like a death blow.
The people of Dominica, however, are not the kind to wait passively for help. They have a highly resilient and adaptive culture. The world at large has a lot to learn from these people.