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Mar 4, 2014

Belize Territorial Volunteers plant trees along Belize/Guatemala border

Also in the south….Over the weekend, the Belize Territorial Volunteers organized yet another trip along the Belize/Guatemala border in the south. Residents in the southern communities led by activist and BTV founder, Wil Maheia, planted trees along what is believed to be the border between the two countries. After planting the trees, Maheia addressed the gathering; he highlighted the extent of the deforestation in southern Belize by the Guatemalans and the widespread development of pastures well within Belizean territory. Maheia says that the Belize government needs to address the issue.

 

Wil Maheia, Belize Territorial Volunteers

Wil Maheia

“Of all the women that are here, I think this is the biggest border movement we have done with so many women so big up the women who have planted all these trees along the border line. We look out here and we see the clearing that has taken place ten years ago. I have been coming here for twenty years now. I used to walk from the village of Jalacte to here and I didn’t have no sun on me. You know why? Because I walked under the trees. Today, all the big trees have disappeared; Belizeans did not benefit from that. Where we are standing right now belongs to Guatemalans. Now we don’t have anything against Guatemalan people. We want to encourage trade, we want to continue building relationship; this is not like a hate movement against Guatemala. What we want is for Guatemala to recognize that we have a border. We want our government to step up and show the Belizean people and the world that we have a border. No Belizean could come and make a pasture anywhere in Belize without them being arrested or taken to court; yet what we are looking at…Guatemalans have cleared all this forest and make pasture for themselves. So the main purpose of the journey this morning is to make people aware—as far as your eyes can see, as you can see it is nothing but pasture lands that was great tropical rainforest ten years ago; show the rate of deforestation that is taking place. It’s just taking place at a rapid rate.”

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