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Jun 3, 2020

A Filthy Kitchen At Camp Belizario

The following story also involves the B.D.F.  Images of filth that has accumulated at the kitchen at Camp Belizario in Central Farm have been raising concerns for some of the military personnel deployed there.  The images show how unsanitary the kitchen is. According to the information, it has gotten worse over the years and it is still where soldiers would generally have their meals.  When we reached out to the B.D.F. today, we were told that they are waiting for pipes to be repaired. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

On May twenty-sixth, our newsroom received this message: It reads, “This is the kitchen that the B.D.F. soldiers in Central Farm are eating out of.”  And attached to the message were these pictures and video.

The video shows the current state of the kitchen area at Camp Belizario. It’s filthy, disgusting and unhealthy. Pots are still on the stove beside the filth that has been festering over the years. It is unsanitary and outright dirty.  The walls are plastered with something that cannot be healthy. It seems like the area hasn’t been cleaned for years.

“It has been this way for a very long time,” another message said.  We checked back with our source today and we were told, “It is still the same; nothing has change.”  The situation has worsened over the years, according to the source. The area near the window looks nasty.

The soldiers at Belizario Camp have the option not to eat food prepared in this kitchen. They can buy food or have a relative deliver food to them, but when that’s not an option, they consume food prepared there.

Steven Ortega

“Nobody looks after the soldiers and my fear is that many will get sick,” the source told News Five. We reached out to B.D.F. Commander, Brigadier General Steven Ortega and he told News Five that, “We are in the process of moving to another part of the kitchen as the ceiling n that area is damaged but we have to wait until the person who deals with the gas moves the pipes in order for us to effect the necessary repairs.”  The question now is: how much longer do the soldiers have to wait? Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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