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May 22, 2012

School to March for Peace following death of minor

In the wake of the death of eleven year old Daniel Matura Jr., his school, the Muslim Community Primary School is organizing a peace march on Wednesday. Principal Lana Ahmad told News Five that the killing and gun warfare in the streets has reached a breaking point and they want to send a message to the Belizean public.


Lana Ahmad, Principal Muslim Community Primary School

Lana Ahmad

“This march is in connection the shooting death of one of our students which is one too many as far as we are concern. We are very angry about it because it is a wasted life that has occurred. But we know and we are aware and understand fully that god is in control of everything. It is through this medium that I believe that we are prompted to do something because nothing happens without a reason. We are upset about what happened, but we understand quite well that we have no control over that. But what we can do is address an issue, a very critical social issue that is occurring in our society presently. Too many lives are being loss, too many children; innocent children are victims of this nonsensical violence that continues to happen. Our student was going about his business and this happened. What our school and our teachers, our students have decided to do is to make a statement to the rest of our society; to those that are concerned to create the changes or to implement whatever laws are there to implement, to address this issue of gun violence, gang violence. So when we undertake this tomorrow, those are the messages that we will be sending. Our students have been busy this afternoon creating their posters in connection with the violence that has been happening and in particular about Daniel’s death. We want to show our concern and we want to make this statement that we are not tolerant of it. This is way past the line. It has hit home in our school and we believe that we should do something about it. So the march is going to take place under the theme, “From truce to Peace.” Our statement is going to be in line with that.”


Other schools and the public are invited to the peaceful demonstration. It starts at nine from the school grounds.

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8 Responses for “School to March for Peace following death of minor”

  1. Louisville,Ky says:

    Lana Ahmad, I feel your pain and I can sense your concern about all this senseless violence that has besieged the old Capital. My heartfelt condolences to Daniel’s immediate family and to you his wider family.
    Unfortunately Daniel is the victim of conditions that are a sign of the times in which we live. Often times surviving friends and relatives experiencing this kind of pain console themselves by laying it at God’s feet so to speak, saying ‘he is in control’. Fact of the matter is, SATAN is who is in control and is directly responsible for all the mayhem and madness that is now the order of the day. There is a difference between ‘causing something to happen and allowing it to happen’.
    Be consoled that God feels this pain too, magnified a hundred times over and any day now he will put an end to it. Of that you can be assured.

  2. Rod says:

    Yes march march to the pm house let him know we are tired and fed up of his incompetence his and his whole gov. Kick them out put him on a plane to wherever been telling you people for years now about this incompetent useless pm and gov. My condolences to the parents of this little boy if I was you I’d march to the pm house and tell him to get out that he is a complete failure at his job and that he and his useless gov. Caused the death of so many belizeans because of their incompetence and lack of leadership . Hang all murderers hang them high.

  3. now i see says:

    Why now? You really think it will make a diferense? We need to fight violense with education check that your kids go to school and do their homework dont send them to hussel. I know you will say you are pore. Then dont have so many kids. And no husband? Wow,maybe thats where we should work on guys that make baby and dont mantain them.

  4. BMNJ says:

    I totally agree with ‘now i see’. Responsible & good parenting is an urgent need in every household. I always believe that teamwork from both the father & mother is important to raise children the proper way. Moreover, to the parents: by just the simple task of taking your children to Church every Sunday, it will make a big difference their lives & in our society. It doesn’t even cost you a dime.
    And for those who are serving their time in prison, I ask that the leaders of Churches in Belize – Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Jehovah Witnesses, etc … , come together and join forces. Go to the prison and do whatever you can to change their lives for the better. Preach to them, brain wash them for the better, do whatever it is possible or necessary so that when they’re released back out into our society, they could be men & women of service & contributor to the community.

  5. Storm says:

    Every neighbourhood should organise a community patrol — don’t need guns, gangsters are scared to death of cameras.

    If that doesn’t work, I would support vigilante committees to guarantee gangsters receive rough justice.

  6. bzean says:

    Please put the blame where it belongs…on the shooter. I am tired of everyone heaping the blame on the mother. Let that woman grieve for her child. As a mother myself I cannot even imagine what kind of pain she must be in. My condolences, that child was just an innocent person. May he rest his little soul in peace.

  7. Santa Elena Resident says:

    As parents, all we can do is raise our children with good morals and values. When they become adults then they are free to choose between the right and wrong path. Sometimes as much as we try with our children, they choose to live their lives on the edge when they become adults- something we have no control over.

  8. josie says:

    My heart just ache every time I read the news about my little Belize, don’t think I can read anymore!! My sincere condolences to the family of this precious little boy

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