Guyana

 
 
Two U.S. Adventure Television Shows feature Guyana

Two U.S. Adventure Television Shows feature Guyana

(via KaieteurNews.com)   Birding Adventures Host, James Currie (Photo: Birding Adventures) The U.S.-based television shows, Birding Adventures and Reel Adventures, recently aired five episodes that were filmed in Guyana in October, 2008. Three of the shows were on bird watching, while two were on sport fishing, the Guyana Sustainable Tourism Initiative (GSTI), which facilitated the […]

 

It’s time for Mashramani 2K9!

This year Mashramani celebrates…”One Dream, One Celebration, One Design in 2009.â€? For more event listings and details, click here. February 14th – Senior Calypso Competition semi finals at Thirst Park February 15th – The Police Steel Orchestra will hold non-competitive concert at the Kingston Seawall Bandstand. This concert is being held for the orphanages and […]

 

Rains may force 60 schools in Guyana to close

(via caribbeannetnews.com) Heavy rainfall continues to create havoc in Guyana and the Minister of Education, Shaik Baksh, has issued a statement that his ministry will be forced to close 60 schools if the rain continues. The Kaiteur News reported that the minister said he has received reports that dozens of schools are affected by floods […]

 
Inaugural Parade will Include Peace Corps Community

Inaugural Parade will Include Peace Corps Community

We’re Marching! RPCVs to Take Part in the Inaugural Parade Now is your chance to be a part of history! The Returned Peace Corps Community has been selected from among groups around the country to march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2009. A total of 200 marchers will carry flags and banners […]

 

‘Forum for Men’ held in observation of “National Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”

(via stabroeknews.com/news) Participants at a ‘Forum for Men’ last Thursday were urged to aggressively pursue initiatives that will stamp out gender-based violence in the Guyanese society. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Trevor Thomas said that “Our challenge is not to passively condemn but to aggressively pursue initiatives that can […]

 
5,000 Guyanese receiving free treatment for HIV and AIDS

5,000 Guyanese receiving free treatment for HIV and AIDS

(via bbc.co.uk) I first met Otisha, a tall Afro-Guyanese transvestite prostitute in 2003 when I reported on HIV and Aids in Guyana and Barbados. Otisha says Aids awareness has increased in Guyana Back then, the Caribbean had the second highest rate of infection in the world. The prevalence among female sex workers in Guyana was […]

 

December 1st is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day (December 1st) is marked as a day in which people and organizations from around the world share information about and bring attention to HIV and AIDS. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. For information on World AIDS Day…  http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/static/en/ News about World AIDS Day in Guyana (http://www.kaieteurnews.com/?p=16607) World AIDS Day […]

 

Not just International – Child Soldiers, a Guyanese Issue

Evidence has emerged that the gang controlled by Guyana’s most wanted man, Rondell ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins, consists mainly of teenage boys who fled from their homes in the village of Buxton.

Recent evidence has brought out that many of the members of the gang are no more than 17 years old. Dwayne Sancho, who was captured by the security forces on Monday in a trail near Ituni, is only 14 years old, while Otis Fiffee, called ‘Mud Up,’ who was killed during the initial raid two Fridays ago, and Robin Chung, called ‘Chung Boy’ were mere 17 and 16 years old respectively.

Initially, Fiffee’s age was stated as 21 years old; however, when this newspaper visited Buxton yesterday during his funeral, the age on his coffin was stated as 17. His parents had given the earlier age.
There is evidence that Rawlins and other senior members of his gang had initially recruited the teenagers as look-outs while the gang was hiding out in the village of Buxton.

After they were flushed out by the security forces, some of the young men, who were already a part of the gang, went with them.

The parents of these young men, during recent interviews, indicated that their children left their homes despite several pleas for them to refrain from the criminal activities.

Eyewitnesses to the Bartica massacre had indicated that most of the gunmen were ‘young boys’.
But what could have led to these young men throwing their lives away to join a gang, knowing that the consequences invariably lead to certain death?

Many villagers are of the opinion that this is a result of constant Police harassment and profiling of the youths of Buxton. The young men became sympathizers with the gunmen…

 
First aid training should not be negelected

First aid training should not be negelected

(via stabroeknews.com) Acting Police Commissioner Henry Greene yesterday said the force is ensuring that traffic police, usually the first responders to road accidents, receive first aid training. Smellie winner! After almost two hours of competition in First Aid, `B’ Division (Berbice) walked away with the Smellie Cup yesterday. Photographer Jules Gibson photographed Lance Corporal Fraser, […]

 

Guyanese youth doing things right…

There is so much I learned from my years in Guyana, but the lesson which had it’s biggest impact on me – my life, my career – was that youth are absolutely vital to creating and sustaining positive change. Today I read an article from Starbroek News (online) that reminded me of this lesson: ——– […]