Barbados. At the turn of the year, Prime Minister David
Thompson withdrew due to unidentified illness. He had
previously told of stomach pains. Deputy Prime Minister
Freundel Stuart took over as acting chief of government, and
later announced that Thompson was being cared for in New
York for pancreatic cancer. In October, he died at 48, after
two years as head of government. According to
has a population of 286,641 (2018). Stuart became new prime
minister. Tens of thousands of Barbadians attended
Thompson's funeral outside Bridgetown.
A brutal robbery shocked Barbados in September, a country
with relatively low crime rates. Six people died after
robbers equipped with jungle knives rushed into a clothing
store in the capital Bridgetown. The robbers demanded money
and then set fire to the store.