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Apr 9, 2020

A Group of Unemployed Persons Allowed off Ambergris Caye; Situation Grim

About sixty-nine persons left today from San Pedro Town to the mainland and others are expected to be transferred this weekend. These are person who lost their jobs and are being allowed to return to their communities of origin. So early this morning, they boarded an authorized vessel provided by San Pedro Belize Express and were ferried to the Belize City Terminal at Brown Sugar. A team of healthcare professionals were on hand to carry out checks on these persons as they disembarked. Shortly after, they had to leave the compound—whether by private vehicle or to get to the nearest public transportation. While the police was present to ensure that the group disperses, News Five was able to speak with one of the returnees, who is originally from Corozal. He spoke of being kicked out of his rented room and that all is not well on the island for those in need.



“They weren’t sure about this information here so they are still stuck there in San Pedro. But I hear that day after, they will have another boat and they coming out. I called the talk show ina di evening and I state what we really want out there in San Pedro because the mayor in the morning was on the talking on the phone and to me—I ketch a little part—that he was sounding like everything is okay in San Pedro. But as we speak, nothing is not so well in San Pedro, especially if you are the less fortunate ones that are not working or have no job there. Right now, I get put out of my room where I was staying seven miles up the coast. I had to stay three days on the Tackle Box Dock to finish time in the town so I can know the information when I can move out of the island. So I bless the opportunity that they heard my cry and I hope dehn help a lotta people to make this happen. I noh know if it was only my voice, but I see the effect that’s coming to San Pedro and fourteen more days or sixteen more days, it is going to be really rough out there.”

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