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African Descendants
Published on July 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

African Descendants

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

One hundred African descendants are now returning from Guatemala
After attending a conference with ONECA
In attendance were Creoles, Ketchi, Maya from Guatemala
Other indigenous peoples and the Garifuna
Celebrating their origin from Africa
This was a historic event sanctioned by ONECA and AFROSA
In collaboration with the Guatemalan youth minister
It saw the participation of the youths from different countries in Central America
We discussed their participation in making the Garvey/Chatoyer initiative a realization

Twenty years ago ONECA was formed in Dangriga
To bring African descendants together
To empower them to set up a parallel system
Two years later they held their first conference in Panama
Twenty years later they are preparing the next generation as successors
With participation from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Salvador, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala
The youths were filled with vigour and wanted to take over
Enthused when they heard from Waldaba Stuart, an elder
About education, tourism, economic development and agriculture

There were even officials from Honduras and Taiwan
USAID even did an evaluation
When Emerson and Abdul got to Guatemala, they were met by two other Belizeans living in Guatemala
One a psychologist and the other a doctor
We were all brought to speed with tutelage from Waldaba
ONECA will have membership by Belizeans living and studying in Guatemala
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