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Jul 20, 2020

San Felipe Villagers Abandoned in Lockdown Zone

The villages of San Felipe and Blue Creek remain cut off from the rest of the country.  Agriculture produce from Blue Creek is allowed to be transported out of the zone, but no one goes in and no one comes out. Well that is how it should be, but reports emerging from within San Felipe Village are that certain residents are being provided with special political passes to exit the village.  If the reports are true, this is not only very concerning, but a serious breach in health protocols and public trust. Villagers in San Felipe say that Government has abandoned them. They say that they have been left with little portable water, the stores are running out of food items and NEMO officials have yet to arrive with assistance. And that’s because today is only ten days since both communities have been living in lockdown.  Residents say that the government quickly placed the village under state of emergency without considering many factors that have left with dwindling food supplies.  One of the villagers voiced his concerns.

 

On the Phone: Voice of San Felipe Villager

“We have a little of things that are not going on. The stores do not have enough food. People can’t go because usually we get water from Shipyard. We are not getting that water because our portable water comes from Shipyard. The water comes from Shipyard. Also we are concerned on the way they locked us up. Many people that work over in Shipyard do not work in Blue Creek and up to now we have found out that there is no case in San Felipe. In San Felipe we don’t have any coronavirus case. There is situation and we are going through a lock down in our village. Even the sick people can’t come out to Orange Walk. Even the nurse from San Felipe cannot move to Orange Walk. People have money in the banks. They cannot even go to the banks to withdraw their money to buy food for their people but nobody is interested in what is going on in San Felipe. They just locked us up and up to yet, we don’t have any people to come and assist us, no government.”


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