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Jun 5, 2020

Belizean Students in Guyana Appeal for the Borders to Open!

A group of seven Belizeans touched down at the P.G.I.A. on a United Airlines flight; they came as part of the repatriation process of Belizeans and are the first group to come by air.  The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges, also came on the flight after spending time in the U.S. for medical treatment.  The United Flight took back U.S. citizens.  As we reported earlier, over five hundred Belizeans have applied to return to the country; among them are six students who are stuck in Guyana. They are appealing to the government tonight to open the borders to let them in the country. A relative of one of the students says that they are desperate and feel unsafe because of the ongoing political unrest in the country. The relative says that the students have completed their repatriation forms and had already made arrangements to get on a flight to the U.S. and then to Cancun from where they would take ground transportation to get to the northern border. But tonight they say they still can’t come home because the borders remain closed and now they fear that if they don’t get out soon enough they will be in harm’s way. Here’s how the relative explains it.


On the Phone: Concerned Relative

“What happen is that in Guyana right now there is a lot of civil unrest because of a recent election. For a good while the students weren’t able to go to school even before COVID-19 because they had a lot of bomb threats and regulars would attack the bus and light them on fire or shoot. So, they have been experiencing a lot before COVID-19. They expressed this to the government that they needed to come and that they had a form that they needed to fill out and they won’t be able to arrange any flight or anything like that for them. They said it is ok and they went ahead and contacted the US embassy to get a flight to Miami and then get a flight to Cancun and then ketch the bus to come home. But the government says even if they do so they are not accepting anyone at this time. So, now the flight that they took so long to arrange is tomorrow and so now they can’t come.  The thing is its bad because most of the students are dark skinned and the area where they are they can’t even go out to buy and they literally have to rush to go to shop. They have been trying to get in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and they can’t. They sent in their stuff by email and only got a response that said received.”

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