In November 2012, the eyes of the world were on Belize, all thanks to John McAfee. It started when JM was targeted by the GOB as a 'person of interest' in the murder of Greg Faull.
Obviously with absolutely no proof to back up that statement, they've dropped the accusation, and admitted JM is not wanted. And true to form, the Belize Police have done nothing to find the real killer, leaving GF's family with unanswered questions. Let's face it, not many of us would have even heard of Greg Faull or Jeffrey Furgala, or any of the others murdered since, if it hadn't been for JM bringing Belize into the spotlight. Little or no effort goes into murder investigations, with more than 75% (some reports say almost 90%) remaining unsolved ........ truly atrocious misconduct to most of us.
As JM's story unfolded, we were completely horrified by what we were watching, reading and learning about this tiny little 'Jewel'. So much so, that some people simply refused to believe these atrocities were really occurring. And there were just enough ostriches who came onto wim and denied everything JM said (and apparently everything we read in Belizean newspapers) to create confusion and doubt for some of the followers. But not everyone........ we're still pulling news stories regularly, and remain dumbfounded by the unfolding events. This story from several days ago appalled and disturbed me once again, and a quote from the aunt of the victims sums it up:
“I don’t understand how there can be a police shootout and you get two of them in the back of their heads. I don’t understand that. The kids were running; the two young men were running away.”
So while we search for reputable children's charities in Belize, I would like to ask.....Hey, Belizean Parents.......Where are you? When are you going to stand up and say 'NO MORE'? The actions of your Government are criminal, confusing, and reprehensible, but your lack of defiance is equally disturbing to me. Are you so beaten down that there's nothing left to fight with? I'm sure the basic education that is denied to a portion of the population has something to do with your compliance to repression.....(that there is only enough 'room' for about half of the students past grade 6 to continue their education is a despicable display of prejudice). Generation after generation living in poverty becomes the norm instead of motivating you to do better? The more I learn about Belize, the more obvious the direction you're being led becomes to me...........and I wonder why you don't see it? Please, I really hope someone will answer.
Your children are sponges........you must teach them to fight for their rights by example, and not take the abuse being perpetrated by the GOB. Barrow is systematically raping your country, taking every possible asset from the people and re-assigning it, to allow him to reap the spoils. At this point, your Government has total control of the media, and while they don't currently exercise the censorship option they hold, it can and will be used at will. You should fear greatly, the censoring of your media.
From the song Freedom isn't Free by Up With People:
Freedom is a word,
Often heard today.
But if you want to keep it,
There's a price to pay.
Gotta win it anew.
Cause it's not something,
Handed down to you.
So I say, what will it take Belize? How many more young people have to die or become incarcerated for turning to crime, the only option they see in your corrupt, police-state, repressed 'Jewel'? How many more tears must be shed for futures destroyed and lives lost? ~like the young men in the above story who deserved to be punished for their crime, not killed, or the countless people who continue to mysteriously die in prison? And how many more children will be denied an education and turn to gangs as their peer groups? Your window of opportunity is closing quickly, while every piece of the pie is being stolen right out from under your noses. Your country has so much potential, but requires governing conducive to true democracy, allowing all people to thrive and be everything they dream of, not the slanted-towards-Dictatorship, prejudicial, oppressive government you currently have.
PLEASE, DO SOMETHING........AND GET YOUR CHILDREN INVOLVED ~ THE FUTURE OF YOUR BELIZE DEPENDS ON IT.
After posting this, I found a comment I had pulled from Channel 5 Belize. I think its important for Belizeans to read what one of their own has to say. (click the date for original report)
December 2, 2012 at 3:42 am
Freedom says WAKE UP BELIZE.. whether Mr. Mcafee committed this murder or not .. there is much to be learned here about DEAN BARROW and his goon squad. This is an urgent time in Belize History if you do not stand together and impeach or vote out this man from office your entire country is on the path of complete destruction.. You all complain how bad Belize was in the past.. meh it will be nothing compared to what will happen when Dictator Barrow gets through with the jewel. He pays off gangs, sets ppl up for crimes they didnt commit, silences opposition, slowly taking control of all of Belizes resources and freedoms from the people. Your children are murdering in the streets, looking up to these goons as their role models. Thugs are walking free for murder! WAKE UP BELIZE! I pray to GOD that you all rise up and change your country!!!!!!! Belize could be prosperous in a flash with the right leadership and direction.. ENOUGH WITH CORRUPTION.. ENOUGH WITH THE KILLING!!! Whatever happened to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, What happened to JUSTICE, what happened to VIRTUE. I know the opposition is not much better.. dont settle .. THATS WHY U MUST Vote in a 3rd party to power, FIND THE MAN WHO HAS LOVE, FREEDOM, AND A DESIRE TO SEE THE PPL OF BELIZE PROSPER!!!!!!! PRAY THAT GOD SEND SOME ONE to LEAD BELIZE .. BE THE VOICE OF BELIZE!!!!!!!