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Sep 19, 2014

Belize at 33: Sedi Elrington Looks Back

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

The thirty-third anniversary of Belize’s independence will be officially celebrated in Belmopan on Sunday.  With the nation’s birthday less than four days away, we asked Minister Sedi Elrington to reflect on our growth as a nation since September twenty-first, 1981.  He shared his honest observations with us, beginning with a shift in patriotism from then to now.


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I’m not necessarily happy with the seeming absence of patriotism on the part of our people. You know every tenth and the twenty-first, I am out there marching and marching because I am proud of my country and I feel very passionate about it. But the majority of our people on the sideline just looking on, and then when I look on the day of carnival, I see all our children out there. I just think we seem to have our priorities wrong. I think this is the time where we should look at our priorities, where more of our people should be doing patriotic things rather than reveling. I am hoping that certainly all of us will have a chance to think about the future, think about the need for each of us to perform to the best of our ability and to develop this country and engage in nation building. It is a very serious business and all of us are called upon to do.”


Independence Day activities from Belmopan will be carried live on Channel Five on Sunday.

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3 Responses for “Belize at 33: Sedi Elrington Looks Back”

  1. Ali Babarrow's Belize says:

    The question with Sedi is whether is just a fool or a bigger criminal than fool.

    Definitely in Ali’s inner three, super protected but not as hard working than Hulse getting things under the rug. At least Hulse tries to shutup, Sedi let’s it all dangle in the participles.

  2. Ali Babarrow's Belize says:

    People, citizens of Belize, should be patriotic and not be, nor support criminals.

    May be too much to ask for from Faber’s ministry of de-education.
    The next generation prefer grenades or higher paying jobs from cartels.

    Thanks Ali, perfect plan.

  3. Al Rich says:

    Mr Price was a good man and he governed the country well. Independence was one of his mistakes. This country was no where near ready to govern itself. Take a look at where we are 33 years later. This country have mot moved forward, it went back in time.

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