Images of lifeless bodies, loosely draped in sheets, being loaded into contaminated pick-up beds appeared in the Belize newspapers, both disgusting and shocking us. But not the natives......instead it had them sharing how completely normal this behavior was. And it continues.....today, I read of yet another family who almost certainly will never know what happened to their loved one either (read the comment from BAFFLED). 'Shoddy police work' seems like a kind way to describe their actions......or lack of. It's distressful too, that we've heard nothing from the Faull's, demanding answers (forensics) from the investigation of Greg's murder. Jeffrey Furgala's family has taken the opposite route, and thankfully are taking legal action for his wrongful death. The legal news and Jeff's memorial story can be found here.
So now, while Ambergris Caye sits atop the list of 10 Best Dive spots in the world (a prestigious placement that should bring more tourist dollars), I wonder what's being done to combat the rising crime, and ensure the safety of every visitor. Is it responsible to look only at the beautiful dive spots, and pay no attention to the social environment (of any) of these recommended locations? No doubt, 'considerations' were given to writers to aid in destination placement decisions, so they've shown no regard for the safety of potential travelers. Shouldn't someone spending thousands of dollars for a vacation know before they arrive in Paradise that there's a chance this could be their last trip?
Before everyone starts yelling at their screen, I'm fully aware we're ultimately responsible for doing our own research, and being informed before making any decision. Blaming others for our bad choices is a phenomenon that has been taking over society for years, and needs to disappear. But what if the information is limited or censored....or denied? If I hadn't read the articles myself, but had instead listened to several of those commenting on wim, I would 'Belize' it was a gorgeous, peaceful slice of Heaven.....a must on everyone's list. I would have a false sense of security, brought about primarily by business owners who need the revenue.....like our travel agent Katie who swore Belize was nothing but marvelous. It is hugely irresponsible to turn a blind eye, or blatantly lie about potential dangers to those whose dollars you covet.
Personally, I'm happy for this 'win' for AC.....and hope you will utilize this increase in business to employ more locals, and help more than just your own economies. You have a moral responsibility to share the wealth, to ensure that natives who should be owning businesses along side of you (but don't due to government restraints) are part of this win fall. Instead of moving forward in the same old way, take a new direction....get involved, and give back to the people on whose land you live (well). Please. It's clear that lack of education and oppression has taken its toll, and drastic change is needed in Belize to stop the rising crime. How long before that crime begins to spill into Ambergris Caye? If you're at all interested in altering the direction that Belize is headed, your input is imperative. And so I wonder, how can you sleep while your Beds are Burning?
You might want to read this too. Who will own Belize when Barrow gets through with it?
It seems a huge chunk of your Jewel has already been sold.........