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Mar 1, 2013

Farrakhan returns to Belize for third time

Louis Farrakhan

The visitors from Petén are not the only official delegates seeking to speak with Belizeans. The highly anticipated visit of the Head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, was postponed in December, 2012 at the eleventh hour after Farrakhan experienced exhaustion and dehydration in Saint Thomas. Farrakhan’s Caribbean Tour was cut short to allow him to get the necessary medical attention he needed. But he is now ready to continue with his tour and arrangements have been put in place for the visit of one of the most controversial, yet inspirational speakers. On Monday, the seventy-nine year old minister will arrive; he has a long list of meetings and he is expected to address hundreds of followers, bringing a “Voice of Hope.”  His itinerary includes five days of media rounds and several open public meetings addressing the general population. Minister Louis Farrakhan will be afforded the protocol welcome offered by all Caribbean governments and will have meeting with an acting Prime Minister; dialogues with community activists, the Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington as well as religious and social leaders. Farrakhan will also meet with students, Muslims and will return to the Bird’s Isle for the third time to address the public. News Five spoke to Nuri Muhammad, the organizer of the tour.

 

Nuri Muhammad, Organizer, Farrakhan Visit to Belize

Nuri Muhammad

“He will address the students of the University of Belize. we hope that Galen University will also be there, Belmopan Comprehensive High School and several other schools in the area, staff and parents. It will be a general open meeting and all his meetings are open. He goes on, on that same Wednesday afternoon, to meet leaders of the Mennonite community. This is a first and it is a first because the Mennonite themselves told me that this is not something that they would do normally. But since they understand the great interest that Minister Farrakhan has in applauding their great work in turning jungle into a productive functional society over just a little over fifty years. It is something that he wants to see and witness and affirm and acknowledge and congratulate the leaders of the Mennonite community. He will also tour Spanish Lookout before he returns and then that closes off Wednesday. On Thursday, he goes up to the Prison where he will speak to our majority young people. Over ninety-five percent of our people in the prison are really under thirty years old. We have a crisis situation in our society where we are producing so many young black males that end up in our prison system. Far more young black males are going to prison than are going to university. And it is similar to what is going on in Jamaica, in Trinidad, in Guyana and in fact even in the United States. There is an issue there and he wants to speak to that issue.  On Friday afternoon, he attends the weekly Juma prayer for Muslims, but I need to let your audience and listeners be aware that this will not be confined only to Muslims; this will be open. Every occasion that the minister speaks will be opened to the public.  And then that Friday evening, he goes back to the big bird’s isle for his third visit to Bird’s isle. The first was thirty-eight years ago, the second was in 1986 and now he is here twenty-seven years later for his third. We are definitely looking forward to that. We will have some cultural expressions there—the Garifuna dancers and other cultural expressions there—before he actually gives his main address which will be a very broad and open message to the people of Belize. When he was here years ago, he spoke about empowering ourselves and the importance of taking charge. You are an independent country, but independence doesn’t mean you are just politically independent. It means that you must behave as independent people in charge of all of your affairs. Your land must develop; your people must develop; your industry must develop. So it may be some hard talk and people may be slightly taken aback of his speaking that way, but I think it is because he’s had experience of talking to people over fifty-seven years in this work and he has been particularly talking to people in the Caribbean; talking about the fact that in our societies we are looking at sixty-five percent of our young people and are we preparing our young people to become stronger leaders, more proactive and skill leaders in the challenges that face them in Belize.”

 

On Friday, a press conference will be held where local and international media will be addressed by Farrakhan. Minister Farrakhan then leaves the country on Saturday en route to the Bahamas where his ministry continues.

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2 Responses for “Farrakhan returns to Belize for third time”

  1. OriginalWoman says:

    Welcome To Belize Mr. Farrahkhan!!

  2. Black man richie says:

    Welcome To Belize Mr. Farrahkhan!!

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