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BELIZE NEEDS YOU – – By Nefretery Marin

BELIZE NEEDS YOU – – By Nefretery Marin
November 16
14:41 2018
BY: Nefretery Marin, - 

In Belize today, the role of youth is of urgent importance. Older generations of our communities are comprised of the discredited, divided and totally corrupt regimes that have governed us since Self Government.

We have been governed by the corrupt PUP and UDP for so long that our idealistic young people have become indifferent or cynical in their reaction to and tolerance of politics. Corrupt leaders have never tried to educate our youth in politics and governance; our Constitution is still not taught in schools; this is because the more indifferent our young people become, the less the push for better governance.

Our collective future depends heavily on your willingness to put party politics aside, to put down the red and the blue flags and to join together in brotherhood as one Belizean family to say “No” to the oppressors and the tyrants – no to those that want us to put our land, our businesses, our homes, our future and our country at risk.
Nation-building is never easy.

It won’t be easy. The task of rebuilding a nation has never been easy; but it is necessary, and it is still doable.
My team and I and other activists around the country have stood up for you. We saw corruption and we exposed it! We saw oppression and we are fighting to end it. We see violence, poverty, discrimination, inequality, injustices and we march against it.

We stand and we fight because we cannot allow Belize to continue in the path of destruction.
We have not been successful because there is a missing piece in this struggle to take back our country.
That missing piece is the heart and soul of our nation. That missing piece is the youth of Belize. We cannot realize these changes alone. We need you!

The responsibility will soon fall on your shoulders – you, between the ages of 16 to 35, you make up more than half of our population.

You have the POWER of change
You have the incredible, powerful ability to share information around the country in seconds, right from your cell phones or computer or other gadgets…you have the intelligence, the energy and the wit to raise your voices, to mobilize your peers and your families.

You must put down the things that have been hurting you. Put down the political flags. Put down the guns. Put down that chip some of you carry on your shoulders. Do something to help others. Move up, encourage and compliment each other. Do not allow politics to divide us as a people any more.

Brotherhood in Belize and across the border
In brotherhood, we must also remember that the Guatemalan people are not the enemy.

Belize is home to thousands of Guatemalans who left their country seeking a better life for their families, just the same as Belizeans migrated to the US back in the 70s & 80s. Many Belizeans trace their roots across the border to Guatemala.

Belize and Guatemala do not just share a border, (a very REAL & PHYSICAL border – our people share the same values, culture, food, aspirations, the same family lines. We are a people who appreciate hard work and education. They too have helped us to build our nation.

Belizeans students seek higher education in Guatemala and Guatemalan students seek primary and secondary education in Belize.

The ICJ
Does it make sense to put our collective future in the hands of a Court to allow people with cold legal hearts and minds, people who have not shared our history together, people who have not journeyed and struggled with our people; people who have not cried with the mothers who have lost their sons on the border lines? These people cannot pass judgement and divide our nations.

We are actually being asked to put the future of our country, our territorial integrity and lives of our people in the hands of politicians, lawyers, judges who have nothing to lose. We must not give up on diplomatic efforts. We must not go to Court against friends and family across the border. But we must do things differently. We must not put our trust in the people who have failed us. We must insist on amicable but assertive diplomatic solutions. We must remove those who have failed us, those who have lied and those who made secret agreements detrimental to our people and country.

We need to replace the tyrants and traitors with a new team that will negotiate with strength, with assertive diplomacy and no weak appeasing diplomatic efforts.

Keep Belize Safe
To keep our country safe, our people strong and our borders secure, we will need the passion, the energy, the creativity and talents of every one of you. Raise your voices and stand up for Belize!

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