When I am an old lady with spotted skin and bones tired of carrying life, I will still remember 2020 as the year leaders of my youth ripped open deep wounds filled with the rankness of racism. I will never forget because the memory of the pain will be buried deep in my cells. Even if they don’t know it yet, the people of my … Continue reading Colour
I grew up in Craig, a small village on the eastern bank of the Demerara River, where rice and sugar are an important part of many family stories. Rice provided for our village and then sugar came and changed the drainage and irrigation system in our village’s backlands. And when the land changed, so did the people and their village. Today, oil is the new … Continue reading From Rice and Sugar to Oil – How will this change us?
A couple days ago a group of young people agreed that being silent at this moment in Guyana’s history is not an option. We wrote a joint open letter to the President and Leader of the Opposition calling for them to work together. I am extremely proud of Ferlin Pedro, Diana Cruickshank, Avinand Rampersaud, Fabrice Williams, Mellissa Bacchus and Athar Khan. Their willingness to speak … Continue reading A Joint Open Letter to the President and Opposition Leader
Reading time: 4 minutes Crime does not discriminate. It does not care who you vote for or if you are black or brown, young or old, rich or poor. It will take something from you. If we are truly interested in solving crime, we must first accept that it will take time to fix, and that we will have to do one simple thing to … Continue reading What if your son were a criminal?
Guyana will only survive if we take our stories back from the people who have weaponized them. These people act stupid but they know the value of a story and they use our stories to serve themselves. My nana was a cane-cutter at the Diamond Estate for much of his life. For many years, my nani sold our farm produce at Bourda Market. My mamoos … Continue reading Will Guyana survive?