Farrakhan falls ill and postpones visit to Belize
The highly anticipated visit of the Head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, has been postponed at the eleventh hour. Arrangements had all been put in place for the high security visit of one of the most controversial, yet inspirational speakers. The seventy-nine year old minister, who was to arrive in the jewel on Thursday, was expected to address hundreds of followers, bringing a message of a “Voice of Hope.” But the Caribbean tour was cut short when Farrakhan fell ill on Tuesday night; suffering from exhaustion and dehydration in St. Thomas. Organizer here in Belize, Nuri Muhammad, says that the visit will be rescheduled hopefully for early next year.
Nuri Muhammad, Organizer, Farrakhan Visit to Belize
“The circumstances are understandable. The minister was checked into the hospital in St. Thomas last night suffering from extreme exhaustion, dehydration and suspicion of urinary tract infection which comes from dehydration. And it was recommendation from the doctors and his family that he cut short his tour. As you know he has been on a seven nation tour and we in fact were the last two—Belize and Bahamas—and unfortunately he will not be able to make it. But the hope is that he will reschedule and our optimism is that he will be here in January or a time soon after that. He’s asked me through his representative to extend his sincere appreciation for the outpour of love that he has seen reading the blogs, reading the news reports hearing the reports that I have sent to him. What I thought that the minister’s message would have brought to us over the weekend would have been a mirror to look at ourselves; for young people to look at themselves. That brother that you are killing is your brothers; looks just like you. Gone dah school, ina the same school, ina the same neighborhood like you, same circumstance you in; yet you kill ahn over a draws. What kinda thing is this. Killing each other over petty simple unessential things. This is a sad situation for us in Belize and I thought that the minister’s speech would have caused us to reflect on what we already know. The minister’s way and approach throughout the Caribbean is to say this same message because much of what we are affected by here Duane, you are seeing in Jamaica, Grenada, St. Kitts; we are seeing it all over.”
Farrakhan’s third visit to Belize would have been part of his 2012 Caribbean Tour. Aside from Belize, he will also be skipping the last leg of his tour in the Bahamas.