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Fearing the worst, Guyanese People moving out of Essequibo as Venezuela ignores December Accord

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Rashaed Esson 

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#Guyana, March 26, 2024 – Just recently, on Thursday March 21st, 2024, the Venezuelan Parliament approved a law, crafted after the December referendum, declaring Venezuela the rightful owner of Essequibo.

Reports say up to 95 percent of voters supported the law for the creation of a federal state in Essequibo, and which has been submitted to the Supreme Court for the validation of its constitutionality.

This, Guyana expressed, is serious.

“It’s a holiday here but it’s like we are preparing for war with Venezuela,” said a resident of Guyana to our newsroom.

In fact, Guyana’s foreign ministry in a statement said the was “gravely concerned over the adoption of a law by the Venezuela National Assembly declaring the Essequibo region…to be a constituent part of Venezuela.”

They add the law is a blatant violation of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

But, Venezuela has shown little regard for what’s right or wrong as they act against the International Court of Justice’s ruling on December 1st, 2023, that they should abstain from taking any action that could affect the status quo in Essequibo, which by law, is controlled and governed by Guyana.

Now, Guyana is calling on the international community to reject Venezuela’s “illegal” moves for Essequibo and “uphold the rule of law.”

Amid all this, tensions are growing between the two countries over the region and it appears not much is being revealed by authorities.

Magnetic Media has been informed by Guyanese nationals on the ground in Essequibo on what’s been happening and concern is increasing.

Reportedly, Venezuelans are now pouring into the Essequibo region as frightened Guyanese people move out, Magnetic Media is told.

Essequibo is home to 125,000 Guyanese.

With only an army and police of 6000 in total, the Guyanese express they are not ready to fight; they don’t even have a proper patrol boat.

“They will be blown to pieces,” they say.

But, despite this, it seems as if they are preparing for the worst outcome between Venezuela and Guyana according to a Magnetic Media’s source.

“A lot of Guyanese people started to move away from their home in the Essequibo region,” said a resident who also said information from government is limited and fear is high because the people of Guyana feel out-matched by Venezuela.

“Our army and police is about 6,000 in all.  Our soldiers are not prepared to fight.  They will be blown to pieces,” he said and when quizzed about the UK and US support, which had been seen at the end of 2023, there was, “They are saying that they are here training our soldiers to fly their F15 Fighter Jets. There are Chinese and Russian troops in Venezuela.”

Two Guyanese soldiers were arrested at the border about a week ago.

A cause for great concern as Venezuela has rigidly moved to attach oil-rich Essequibo to their map.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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