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Jun 18, 2014

Egbert Jones needs assistance following near death experience

Egbert Jones

During the dismantling of the Belize City Center in mid-September 2013, one of the inner walls of the structure collapsed and fell on Egbert Jones while he was working. The twenty-three-year-old was one of a hundred men, including at risk youths and gang members, who was offered a job at the site under the contract of Cisco Constructions. Jones was only three days in when the concrete wall gave way and he received severe injuries to various parts of his body. After several surgeries, he recovered. He was compensated by the company, but was rendered unable to work and has since been receiving Social Security benefits. It’s now been nine months since his near-death experience and Jones is turning to the public for assistance because he is still unable to work.


Egbert Jones, Asking for Assistance

“Right now I noh di do nothing because nobody noh di help me out. This man give me a twelve thousand dollars and he say he noh got nothing else fi give me, so I just di come bout the ask people fi try help me out with a lee donation because I woulda want fix up myself better. I di go through lot; me one di go through weh I di go through. Some days I can’t even eat and thing. I done gone bout and ker bout some letter and thing fi try help me out and thing. I can’t even work; I can’t do nothing fi myself. I just want people help me out. I have the disclosure and the things fi show the things dehn weh I gone through and show them that I can’t work. The wall drop pan me dah civic and I end up the lose my eye; gone through a lee injury here; gone through a lee injury on my stomach—five times mi stomach burst and thing. Got wah injury yah pan mi foot; my foot broke and thing. Dah like I really can’t look fi no work. The other day, the doctor mi write mi up wah thing and social mi tell me go back and work and I mi gone out dah the work site and nothing noh come out. So I just gone back dah social and dehn put me back on payroll and thing.”


Duane Moody

“So you are not getting any money from social security?”


Egbert Jones

“Yes, I di get money from Social [Security]; only every month and thing, but that can’t help me out and thing. Only four change [four hundred plus dollars] noh good for me. I does collect two change [two hundred plus dollars] a week; now I only di collect four change. I just want good people help me out and thing. Me dah person, weh noh beg nobody fi nothing, but right now I really need the help. If I neva need the help, I neva mi wah deh yah.”


If you would like to assist Jones, contact him at 660-5011 or 631-8951. 

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2 Responses for “Egbert Jones needs assistance following near death experience”

  1. dats just gud says:

    This is why people have no respect for the media, this is not news. This guy got $12,000.00 and is getting monies for SSB now he wants more? what did he do with the money? and don’t tell me he paid for hospital bills, KHMH is a Public hospital you could do a payment plan or not pay at all. I have done that………when Belizeans will learn to work with what you got and live within their means……….then they will turn to crime as an excuse………gees……

  2. Vern says:

    Boy u should of glad u got $12000 and social the give u money every month if u was looking up the the blocks wouldn’t off fall on u so stop the complain no body don’t have to give u nothing thankfull for what u are getting and don’t be greedy

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