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Dec 16, 2021

Pine Ridge Retreat for At-risk Youths Ends on a Sour Note

Brandon Baptist

Forty-three young men from various neighborhoods across Belize City traveled to Camp D’Silva on Monday to attend a four-day retreat organized by the ministries of Home Affairs and Youth and Sports. The period of seclusion succeeds various activities that are aimed at getting them involved in meaningful pursuits.  It was also an opportunity for them to discuss some of the deep-seated issues affecting them in their respective communities. While the retreat was fruitful, things took a downward turn on Wednesday when food supplies that were destined for the remote military installation did not arrive as scheduled. That’s because the vehicles that were transporting the rations to the distant location in Mountain Pine Ridge got bogged and were stuck in place several hours. To make matters worst, the organizers who were instrumental in facilitating the sessions were also absent for the same period of time because they were the ones carrying the food items. When we got to Camp D’Silva today we were met by a group of hungry young men who just wanted to get out of the wilderness and make it back to their homes in the city.  Brandon Baptist, a resident of Police Street, was among the men at the army base.

 

Brandon Baptist, Resident, Police Street

“We mih excited and happy fi mi deh ya.  We cohn Monday, we cohn from Monday, we deh ya Tuesday, Wednesday, todeh da Thursday now but we wahn go home now.  Ih mi nice though but we really wahn go home now, yoh get di sense.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What were some of the things that you guys discussed, I know you’re far away from the city, the streets and everything which would have given you guys time to really reflect and look back at some of the issues that are affecting young me.  What were some of those discussions like?”

 

Brandon Baptist

“Well, sohn discussion da fi laan fih be humble, business-wise, how fi greet people, yoh know, different things, but ih mi nice to me.  I noh got wahn problem same way but ih get frustrating wahn lee but due to the thing neva set up di way ih mi supposed to set up.  We neva got it di right way then, yoh get di sense.  We come up ya and we mi kinda lost cause we noh know weh fi di or, you know, but ih mi alright still, check.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now what is the plan going back to Belize City?  You guys have had a few days to focus on what happens next, you go back to your neighborhood in Police Street, some of these guys go back to their own neighborhood in the city.  What’s next for you?”

 

Brandon Baptist

“Well, we gwein home and we wahn continue work.  We gwein home go continue cut wih lee bush and thing and you know, continue clean fu we community mein.  That da weh we wahn continue do.”


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