For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #3

Dear Dave, Over the last weeks, I have been going into selected communities to help implement a project for the Guyana National Youth Council. I have never been so inspired in my life. I have gone from street to street meeting honest Guyanese who are passionate about building this nation. In Region 5, I met a local government official who said that they understand that … Continue reading For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #3

For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #2

Dear Dave, In 2015, the APNU/AFC Coalition won the general elections by 1.1% or 4, 506 votes. I like to think of this margin as the 1.1 majority and I believe that it is, to a large extent, reflective of the majority of non-partisan voters who voted in that elections. We must also recognize that there are those non-partisan voters, like myself, who decided not … Continue reading For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #2

For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #1

Dear Dave, I still think of the evening of May 24th, 2016 at Moray House Trust. Only two days before our country’s 50th Independence Anniversary, I spoke about my vision for Guyana in 2066 and expressed my belief that change, the kind we want, was inevitable. After my talk, you more or less asked me why we should continue to hope. I tried my best … Continue reading For Dave Martins – 100 Reasons to Hope: Reason #1

The Abuse of Guyana – A Culture of Fear and Silence

Not so many years ago, I was an abused woman. Ever since I freed myself, Guyana has not looked the same. I think that once you’ve broken the chains of any type of oppression it sharpens your vision. So now when I look at our country I recognize a certain pattern, a pattern of psychological abuse. I failed the first time I tried to tell … Continue reading The Abuse of Guyana – A Culture of Fear and Silence

Be a brother to your brother, for you, not him

In memory of Blackie Tonight I want to shed tears for my villager, my friend, my brother. But the tears will not come. There is that familiar heaviness in my chest. But the pain is not the same. Because I have acknowledged my country man as my own, as my family, as my blood, the pain spreads. And still, I cannot cry for my brother … Continue reading Be a brother to your brother, for you, not him